For Immediate Release
RENO, NV - A traveler, who visited one of the three West African nations experiencing an Ebola outbreak and returned to the United States and the Reno area, is being actively monitored by the Washoe County Health District for appearance of any symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease. The individual was not involved in treating Ebola patients and did not have any known exposure with a person sick with Ebola.
The individual is cooperating with local health officials, and is being actively monitored according to CDC guidance for a 21-day period. People who become sick with Ebola Virus Disease are not contagious until they begin to exhibit symptoms. The individual is checking their temperature twice per day and reporting this information, as well as whether they begin to experience any of the symptoms associated with Ebola Virus Disease, to the Health District. This is a precautionary measure so that if any symptoms present, the person can receive prompt medical attention and be isolated to avoid any transmission of the virus in the community.
The traveler went through the enhanced entry screening program that Health and Human Services has instituted for all travelers returning from these countries. The Washoe County Health District received notification that the individual was traveling here.
On November 3, active monitoring of the passenger that was on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 concluded. This passenger did not develop any signs of Ebola Virus Disease. That passenger is now past the incubation period and remains disease free.
Monitoring of the latest traveler will continue through November 23, which is the last date they could develop the disease. Washoe County remains free of Ebola Virus Disease.
The Health District reminds the community that flu season has begun and that flu cases have been confirmed in Washoe County. Every year the flu, and complications from the flu, cause tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. Residents and visitors to Washoe County are encouraged to get a flu vaccination if they haven’t already done so.