Ebola virus tied to northeast Ohio

Kent State University Press Conference: Oct. 15, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today confirmed another case of the Ebola virus in the United States. Two days before the patient, Amber Vinson, was diagnosed, she visited northeast Ohio. TV2’s Emily Crilley attended an emergency press conference held at Kent State University this afternoon.

Vinson is a graduate of Kent State University and works as a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where she cared for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Three Kent State employees who are relatives of Vinson’s and had contact with her left campus when they learned of her diagnosis. University officials say these employees will work from home for the next 21 days until all risk of infection passes.

Ebola Symptoms

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Unexplained hemorrhage

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Summit County Health Department Press Conference: Oct. 16, 2014

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived in northeast Ohio today and spoke at the Summit County Health Department’s press conference this afternoon. TV2’s Emily Crilley explains why the CDC believes more Ohioans may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

Anyone with questions or who thinks they may be at risk for developing Ebola is asked to call the Summit County Health Department’s Ebola Hotline at 330-926-3939.

Summit County Press Release

Local hospital learns from Ebola

When an Ebola patient visited Northeast Ohio a few weeks ago, the CDC and the state of Ohio recommended hospitals take extra precautions. TV2’s Emily Crilley describes the actions taken by a local hospital to combat Ebola.

Hospital officials said they received a steady amount of phone calls from concerned residents over the past few weeks. While the hospital screened many patients for Ebola, no one required treatment or monitoring for the disease.

Donning and doffing explained by the CDC

A timeline of Ebola events in the United States