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Ebola Information

Information for the Public

An Ebola public information line has been established by Carolinas Poison Center. The number is 1-800-222-1222, and callers should press 6 for questions about Ebola.

Ebola is only contagious after the onset of symptoms. The incubation period before symptoms may appear is 2-21 days, with 8-10 days being the most common. Ebola is spread through unprotected contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is infected. Anyone who becomes ill within 21 days after traveling to an affected area in West Africa should contact a healthcare provider right away and limit their contact with others until they have been evaluated.

Ebola FactsEbola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or through your eyes, nose, or mouth) with

  • Blood and body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.
  • Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola.

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/infographic.pdf

Ebola is not spread through the air, water, or food.

There is no FDA-approved vaccine available for Ebola. Experimental vaccines and treatments for Ebola are under development, but they have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness.

Symptoms of Ebola

  • Fever (greater than 38.6ºC or 101.5ºF)
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained bleeding or bruising

To protect yourself from Ebola

  • DO wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Do NOT touch the blood or body fluids (like urine, feces, saliva, vomit, sweat, and semen) of people who are sick.
  • Do NOT handle items that may have come in contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, like clothes, bedding, needles, or medical equipment.
  • Do NOT touch the body of someone who has died of Ebola.

Have you been to an affected area or in contact with a potential Ebola case?

 If you have been to Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, or Nigeria in the past month, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to Ebola. All persons arriving in North Carolina who traveled to an affected region within 21 days and either had contact with a known or suspected Ebola case; worked in a healthcare setting in an affected region; or participated in funeral rites in an affected region should contact their local health department or the Communicable Disease Branch epidemiologist on call to undergo a thorough risk assessment.  

Please complete the International Travel Self Reporting Form if you have been to an affected region, intend to travel to an infected region, or have been exposed to a potential Ebola Case.

CDC travel restrictions

CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Democratic Rebublic of Congo, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick with Ebola. For more detailed information, please visit the CDC Travel Health Notices webpage: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Additional Ebola Information and Resources

Workers' Comp.

The Workers’ Compensation law provides medical benefits and disability
compensation including a weekly compensation benefit for time lost.

All North Carolina State Government employees are covered under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Those covered include all employees and officers of the State including elected officials, members of the General Assembly, and persons appointed to serve on a per diem, part-time or fee basis. Any employee who suffers an accidental injury or contracts an occupational disease within the meaning of the Workers’ Compensation Act is entitled to benefits provided by the Act. The employee is entitled to medical benefits and compensation for time lost from work and any disability which results from the injury. The State has a “self-insured” program and expenditures are paid from current operating budgets.

Policies

Workers' Compensation Forms

Safety Training

University of North Carolina at Pembroke's goal is to create, maintain and enhance a safe and healthy enviroment for all individuals associated with the University.

To register for safety training click here.

MSDS Links

Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provide valuable information on chemicals as well as procedures for handling and working with a substance safely. The MSDS includes information such as physical data (boiling point, flash point, etc.), health effects, toxicity, first aid, storage, disposal, personal protective equipment, and spill/leak procedures.

Typical information present in an MSDS: As described in the OSHA Hazard Communication standard and using the Form 174 format, the following information is required. No items may be left blank.

Chemical Identity: The identity of the substance as it appears on the label.

Section I. Manufacturer's Name and Contact Information

Manufacturer's name, address, telephone number and emergency telephone number. Date the MSDS was prepared and an optional signature of the preparer.

Section II. Hazardous Ingredients/Identity Information

Lists the hazardous components by chemical identity and other common names. Includes OSHA PEL.

(Permissible Exposure Limit), ACGIH TLV (Threshold Level Value) and other recommended exposure limits. Percentage listings of the hazardous components is optional.

Section III. Physical/Chemical Characteristics

Boiling point, vapor pressure, vapor density, specific gravity, melting point, evaporation rate, solubility in water, physical appearance and odor.

Section IV. Fire and Explosion Hazard Data

Flash point (and method used to determine it), flammability limits, extinguishing media, special firefighting procedures, unusual fire and explosion hazards.

Section V. Reactivity Data

Stability, conditions to avoid, incompatibility (materials to avoid), hazardous decomposition or byproducts, hazardous polymerization (and conditions to avoid).

Section VI. Health Hazard Data

Routes of entry (inhalation, skin, ingestion), health hazards (acute = immediate and chronic = build up over time), carcinogenicity (NTP, IARC monographs, OSHA regulated), signs and symptoms of exposure, medical conditions generally aggravated by exposure, emergency and first aid procedures.

Section VII. Precautions for Safe Handling and Use

Steps to be taken in case material is released or spilled, waste disposal method, precautions to be taken in handling or storage, other precautions.

Section VIII. Control Measures

Respiratory protection (specify type), ventilation (local, mechanical exhaust, special or other), protective gloves, eye protection, other protective clothing or equipment, work/hygienic practices.

The best place to get a Material Safety Data Sheet is from the original manufacturer, but the following links may help you as well:

 

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