For the latest information on Ebola, click here to visit Center for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola webpage.
The Newtown Health District and its health care partners have been, and continue to be, in regular contact with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the response to Ebola. Regular e-mails, conference calls and meetings help us stay current on the most evolving health information.
We are also in regular contact with the Western Connecticut Health Network ,which includes both Danbury and New Milford Hospitals, as they will be major partners responding in the unlikely event that Ebola-infected individuals are isolated in our area.
Our Health District's goal is to keep you informed of what we know, what actions we as a public health system are taking, and what we will recommend as actions to protect yourselves.
We will communicate through updates to our website as well as our usual public communication channels (the Newtown Bee, municipal websites, schools’ news venues as deemed appropriate)
Connecticut's Stance on Ebola
There are currently no cases of Ebola in Connecticut and the risk of an outbreak in our country remains low. With that said, Connecticut has taken several proactive measures to control the spread of the Ebola virus in the event of confirmed cases in the future should such an instance occur.
The State of Connecticut has a webpage to provide residents with accurate information and helpful guidance. This website can be found here.
Ebola can be a frightening and confusing topic, so it can be helpful to know some basic facts about the virus:
First, the risk of having or getting Ebola is extremely low unless a person traveled to an affected area (listed on the CDC website) and had direct contact with the blood or body fluids (such as blood, vomit, diarrhea) of an Ebola-infected person, or with objects soiled with that person’s blood or body fluids.
Unless someone meets both of these conditions and has early symptoms (such as fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain), they are not at risk of having Ebola.
According to state and federal health officials, you can only get Ebola from:
- Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick or has died from Ebola,
- Touching contaminated objects, like needles, or
- Touching infected animals, their blood or other body fluids or their meat
- You cannot get Ebola from the air, water, or food, according to the CDC.
For more information, visit these webpages: