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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 7A EBOLA. from page 1A there is no need to panic, and the best way to avert an outbreak is to be prepared. It's not easy, particularly with direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changing almost daily. "The CDC recommendations change every 24 hours," said Bill Carlson, who is overseeing preparations for Eastern Plumas. As an example, he cited the increasing levels of personal protective equipment that are needed for hospital personnel. All three of the hospitals have some level of personal protective gear and are ordering more, but just having the right attire isn't enough. Staff must be trained on how to properly put on the gear, and, even more importantly, how to take it off. "We have always used PPEs," McCurdy said, "but we've never encountered an illness where you have to do the right thing every time." What makes Ebola different? According to Public Health Director Hall, it's the high viral load. She likened it to HIV, in which the viral load in saliva isn;t high enough to spread the infection through casual contact; but the viral load in Ebola is high enough to infect another just through a bead of sweat or spittle. The virus can live outside of the body on various surfaces, and the CDC is currently conducting experiments to determine timeframes. Hall said one experiment indicated that the virus could survive six days on a coupon. The Onset of Ebola initially mimics typical flu symptoms -- fever, headache, muscle pain, vomiting -- but with Ebola there is also unexplained hemorrhage. So with flu season fast approaching how are health care professionals going to know what they're dealing with and how to respond? "The most important thing they are going to ask is about their travel history," Hail said. Notices have been posted in all emergency rooms and clinics prompting staff to ask for a travel history. Seneca is taking it a step further and asking patients with these symptoms to call before they come in so that the staff and facility can be prepared. "If someone believes they're getting Ebola symptoms, give us a call," McCurdy said. "If we have a few minutes to prepare the facility, we can control bringing them in and minimize exposure to others." Each hospital is developing a set of protocols to deal with a possible case, including having a designated isolation room and protective gear available. They also are instructed to call the public health department and the CDC. Ambulances are also a consideration. Seneca has no ambulance and relies on its fire districts for patient transport. Eastern Plumas and Plumas District have backup ambulances available. "Another concern is the FORUMS, from page 6A telecommuting and would encourage young people to look at Plumas County as well. Berg said she is already in the business of recruiting young families through her business. She described them as athletes who are educated, young, have families and like to recreate. She said when she holds events she looks for "value- added" opportunities, encouraging people to stay for a weekend, not just a day. The forums were the last scheduled meetings of the three candidates. Election Day is Nov. 4. Vote-by-mail ballots have already been sent out and are being returned to the elections office. JeffEngel and Jim Judd Will appear on the ballot, but those who wish to vote for Alice Berg must write in her name. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS NOT A "LEAP IN THE DARK." Rather, God has called us to an "intelligent faith." Intelligent? Yes! For example, did you know that it is mathematically impossible for the world to have evolved? Who did the research on that? Several people have. In fact, no less persons than Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Emille Boreal (former mathematics teacher at Cornell University) are two of them. Their work is footnoted in a book by author Zola Levitt. Their work showing the probability that planet earth evolved? They came up with a chance of the earth evolving as I in 10 to the 2 billionth power! Dr. Borelle states that it is a mathematical law that any probability of over 10 to the 50th power can never happen! And here they pegged evolution at 10 to the 2 billionth! Did they become believers in a Creator God? I don't think so -- I can share more if you like -- even the name of Zola Levitt's book! Just give me a call at 530-927-7626. We are SPRINGS OF HOPE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, 59 Bell Lane, Quincy. If there is any way we can be of help to you, please call us at 530-927-7626. (Next-- there is a great deal of confusion concerning "'separation of church and state.") By the way -- before you go disparaging the account of a talking serpent as antithetical to "intelligent faith," you ought to know what the Scripture is actually saying! Springs of Hope Church 59 Bell Lane, Quincy, 927-7626  ambulance and the ambulance crew," said Carlson of Eastern Plumas. "We are asking more questions prior to going to the house and the ambulance has to be pulled out of circulation after." While protocols are being put in place to deal with patients who may present with the Ebola virus, their long-term care would be carried out elsewhere. "We have to have the ability to deal with the index patient," Hall said, of the initial case. "The CDC thought process is beginning to change," said Seneca's McCurdy. Instead of sending strike teams to care for the patients, they will be moved to hospitals that have the resources to care for them. "That won't mean we won't have to keep them for 24 hours," she said. There is no cure for Ebola, but there is treatment. According to Chief Medical Officer Satterfield, that includes hydration and managing patients' electrolytes. Karen Turner, the chief of nurses for Seneca and a member of the strike team, said supportive measures such as fluids, oxygen and blood transfusions can be used to help the patient fight the disease, but there is no medication available. There are a couple of pivotal numbers used to discuss Ebola, but already one is changing. Those exposed to the Ebola virus should remain in isolation and take their temperature twice daffy for 21 days. Once the 21-day mark has passed, the individual has surpassed the incubation period. The CDC had been using 101.5 as the benchmark temperature for being contagious, but now it's 100.4. A person is not contagious when asymptomatic, but when the fever reaches 100.4 or the person displays other symptoms, such as vomiting, then he or she is contagious. While health officials are cautioning the general public not to panic, those who work in the emergency rooms and in the clinics are worried. "We've got quite a few nurses who are concerned," said Seneca's Turner. "But we're going to get everyone properly trained." She also said that using the rapid response team will limit who is exposed to the Ebola patient. Turner is part of the team. Jeff Kepple, the CEO of Plumas District, said that the hospital is planning an Ebola outbreak drill so that staff can be even better prepared. For more local information, contact the Plumas County Public Health Agency at 283-6330. For general information on Ebola, visit the CDC website at cdc.gov. i Time to Winterize the Boat! Make sure you have the boat winterized BEFORE it freezes! Call & Make Your Appointment Today! Beat Repair, Auto Repair & Towing Too! QUINCY TOW SERVICE & REPAIR 283-1162 QUINCY DAY Saturday, October 25 Noo. To 4 P.M. FRF00 PRIZE DRAWING & SAMPLES SALES FOR ALL CUSTOMERS 10% DISCOUNT FOR MEMBER/OWNERS* Fresh Effective Leadership v" Expand.Economic Opportunity v Integrity & Accountability ...... Answering your questions .... How should the county's Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funds be used? Our neighboring counties actively invest in tourism, why aren't we? Currently, all TOT funds are directed to the general fund. While it is important to fund our essential services, I believe it is economic irresponsibility not to invest a portion of the TOT funds received to promote and market our county's tourism industry. I'll fight hard for TOT reinve that our tourism industry deserves! Should Community Service Districts be consolidated? My view is this would not be beneficial as each CSD serves a unique customer base with different service requirements. There may be limited circumstances, such as shared geographic areas and/or services, where consolidation may make sense. In such eases, individual districts should make their own decisions, each acting as their own governmental entity. Why are you asking for and accepting donations and endorsements? I believe in representing the community and to do so we all need to have some skin in the game. Having that personal endorsement and donation from you translates to public support where we tackle the issues together, The fact that this campaign has not hadto borrow money shows a level of support required where we, as a team, attack the hard challenges facing Plumas County. "Our tourism industry need's Jim's strengths on the Board of Supervisors" Business Owner, Real Estate Broker QUINCY & NATURAL FOODS' IIgl 269 Main St. Quincy, CA 95971 530.283.3528 - Open 7 days a week (*on most purchases) ,loin Our Team Send a Donation Committee to Elect Jim Judd PO Box 202 Clio, CA 96106 jim@votejudd.com www. votejudd, com (530) 836-7311 Poid For by tEe Commi.ee to Flect Jim Jucld Supervisor- District 5 !