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EMSAAC has launched a new feature for Ebola-related news, information and resources. This page is intended as a resource for EMS managers, supervisors and responders to guide critical thinking and strategic activities in response to the Ebola threat. To access this content, go the the navigation bar at the top of our homepage and click on "Ebola".

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ebola2Confirmation that two health care workers who treated an Ebola patient in a Dallas hospital have now contracted the disease has triggered a rigorous review of infectious disease protocols and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). All health care providers including EMS personnel are encouraged to review and practice the proper use of PPE with special attention to the safe donning and doffing of gowns, gloves, masks/respirators, and eye protection. While Ebola is known to be spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, on October 20th CDC published an updated Guidance for Health Care Workers on PPE for Ebola.

Additional guidance by CDC on PPE use is available at:  CDC on Personal Protective Equipment

EagleshamJohn Eaglesham has been appointed Director of the Santa Barbara County EMS Agency. He will oversee the administrative activities of the EMS Agency and Public Health Emergency Preparedness program. John has worked for the County of Santa Barbara for the past 9 years, and brings a wealth of experience to EMS having worked in an executive management position for a nationwide ambulance firm and serving two years as Chairman of the Board of the California Ambulance Association. EMSAAC welcomes John to its Board of Directors!
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Ebola1A patient identified as the first reported case of Ebola in the U.S. has died in a Dallas hospital. Thomas Eric Duncan was a Liberian who traveled from Liberia to Texas in late September. Two health care workers who treated Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital later tested positive for the disease, but were successfully treated. The World Health Organization now reports the outbreak has resulted in over 4,900 deaths as of October 23rd.

The Centers for Disease Control has published a CDC Interim Guidance for EMS Systems. CDC has also released an EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness to assist EMS providers prepare their staff.

The California EMS Authority has also published Ebola Guidance for EMS and Public Safety personnel at: California EMS Authority Guidance for Ebola

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LapollaNancy Lapolla has taken her managing skills to San Mateo County EMS Agency. Nancy is a veteran EMS Administrator with many years experience guiding the development of quality EMS systems in Santa Barbara County. She is also a Past President of EMSAAC and currently chairs EMSAAC's active Disaster Committee. Nancy started with San Mateo EMS on September 8th. EMSAAC wishes her well in her new post.