The recent import of Ebola virus disease (EVD) to the United States has highlighted one of the challenges of our global community ... we are connected to events in far off places. Locally, our risk is low; however we must ensure we have measures in place to detect this virus. Similar to procedures you have seen across the U.S., the Department of Defense has initiated screening procedures to assist in detecting any potential EVD patients who may arrive here at JBER.
Screening focuses on two key areas - symptoms and travel history (patient and contacts). Patients complaining of fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained bleeding will be asked if they have traveled to West Africa (Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia) or have had contact with someone who is infected with Ebola virus disease. If you are scheduling an appointment for any of the symptoms noted above, you should expect to be asked about travel history and contacts.
As noted, our risk for Ebola virus disease is low. Because we are entering cold and flu season, we expect people will have fevers and other symptoms common to these illnesses. The travel and contact history portion of the screening will help identify those who could have EVD instead of common illness (i.e., cold, flu).
The most important way to combat illnesses is good hand-washing and "cough etiquette." This is even more important as our children have returned to school and as we gather indoors as the temperatures get cooler. The more we gather, the greater the opportunity to share whatever we have. To combat this -- wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, and get your flu vaccination.
We appreciate your assistance in helping to keep our community healthy, and in providing some additional information should you need an appointment for symptoms associated with EVD. Thanks for partnering with us to promote health and wellness year around across our entire JBER community.
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Blood Bank of Alaska O-Negative shortage
The Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) is the sole blood supplier for the entire state. There is currently a local and state-wide, critical shortage of O Negative blood, and BBA is in dire need of donors. If you are willing and able, please donate blood today or this weekend. Also, please let BBA know that you are from JBER because the facility earns credits for all JBER military and civilian (including employees and dependents) donations.
Location: Blood Bank of Alaska
4000 Laurel Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Hours of operation: M-F 0800-1800, Sat 0900-1700.
Walk-ins are available, however it is better to schedule an appointment by calling (907) 222-5630.
Again, this request is specifically for group O Negative blood donors. Thank you very much for supporting this urgent request.
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