ADULT & FAMILIESCommunity ServicesEbola Preparations   

Ebola Preparations

The risk is extremely low

The risk of exposure to Ebola remains extremely low. Despite this, St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services continues to prepare, and has a response plan in place. We are communicating with local hospitals, state and federal health partners, and the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division, and together are monitoring the risk as we do for any infectious disease or health threat. Our Public Health staff is well trained and experienced at preparing for and responding to incidents involving infectious diseases.

Why the risk is low:
  • Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluid of a person with Ebola or of a person who has died from Ebola.
  • Only those individuals who have traveled within the last 21 days to one of the infected countries of Guinea, Senegal or Sierra Leone in West Africa are at risk.
  • ONLY those who have observable symptoms of Ebola can spread it to others.
  • Ebola is not spread through water, air or food.

Learn the facts about Ebola risk and prevention:
Check out any of the links at right for reliable information about the disease. Or call the Minnesota Department of Health - Ebola information line: (800) 657-3903 or (651) 201-3920.