Ebola Virus Disease: Information for States and Territories

Ebola virus disease (EVD, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal disease. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected symptomatic person or through exposure to objects that have been contaminated with infected secretions.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in March 2014. Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. However in order to be prepared for an imported case, our nation's state and territorial health departments have been working very closely with healthcare providers in their jurisdictions to ensure they have adequate information on screening, isolating, and diagnosing potential patients, reiterating the importance of infection control procedures for healthcare givers, working with laboratories to provide guidance on safe handling of specimens, and creating and providing timely and consistent messages for the public about the disease. For more background and guidance, please also see resources from CDC below.

Resources from ASTHO

ASTHO 2016 Preparedness Summit Town Hall Ebola IPR Presentation
Presentation on the Ebola in-progress review led by ASTHO and NACCHO, through a cooperative agreement with CDC, to assess the national public health response to Ebola.

Top Questions On Ebola: Simple Answers Developed by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTHO has developed this communication guide to assist state and territorial health officials in preparing to communicate with the public, media, and policy makers about Ebola.

Resources from CDC

What's New
Provides links to the latest information and newly posted resources, sorted by date.

Provides links to 2014 West Africa Outbreak Resources, recommendations and guidance, print resources, and all-purpose Ebola materials.

Questions and Answers on Ebola
Includes information on Ebola including signs and symptoms, how Ebola spreads, treatment, prevention, infection control, information for travelers.

CDC’s Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever main information page is located at www.cdc.gov/ebola.

Resources from State and Territorial Health Agencies

Ebola Response Plan
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Gubernatorial Order Gives State Officials the Ability to Coordinate a Targeted Quarantine
Connecticut Department of Public Health  

Ebola Resources
Indiana State Department of Health

Ebola Tabletop Exercise
Kentucky Department for Public Health

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Minnesota Department of Health
Provides links to a fact sheet, FAQs, and information for health professionals.

Revised NYS/NYC Laboratory Guidelines for Handling Specimens from Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease
New York State Department of Health

Ebola Video Conferences
North Dakota Department of Health 

Rhode Island Department of Health
Provides overview information on Ebola and information targeted to specific audiences, including communications tools for EMTs. A pamphlet with Ebola information for friends and family returning to Rhode Island from West Africa is also available.

Ebola Resources
Tennessee Department of Health

Ebola Resources
Texas Department of State Health Services

Declaration of Communicable Disease of Public Health Threat
Virginia Department of Health 

Additional Resources

2014 Ebola Outbreak: Issues of Law, Policy, and Ethics
Webinar recording and slide presentations

Ebola Emergency Legal Preparedness: Quarantine of Ill Travelers
The Network for Public Health Law

Primer: Emergency Legal Preparedness Concerning Ebola Virus Disease
The Network for Public Health Law
Provides an overview of the international legal response efforts, U.S. legal preparedness/response, and major emerging legal challenges.

World Health Organization
Ebola Virus Update - August 19, 2014

This information page was developed by ASTHO to help state and territorial health officials and state health agencies stay abreast of a developing public health concern in the form of background information, pertinent materials, and ongoing updates. ASTHO staff will continue to monitor this situation. Health agencies may contact infocenter@astho.org with questions regarding this topic. Press inquiries should be made to Scott Briscoe, Senior Director, Communications and Marketing, at sbriscoe@astho.org.