Ebola: Quarantine vs Isolation

You may have seen recent news of a patient at Duke Hospital being kept in isolation  after he returned from Liberia and developed a fever, sparking fears he may have had Ebola. His family in Person County was quarantined in their home as a precaution. Thankfully, tests for Ebola have come back negative, though he will continue to be monitored until 21 days after his potential exposure has passed.

We created the infographic below to explain the difference between isolation and quarantine in the context of Ebola. These terms can be confusing and, while there are similarities in what they mean, there are also important differences.

Ebola Quarantine vs Isolation 10.30.14



Congratulations, Michael Yarborough!

Chatham County Animal Services Officer Michael Yarborough has received a lifetime achievement award from the North Carolina Animal and Rabies Control Michael YarboroughAssociation (NCARCA). The award, which was presented to Mr. Yarborough at the association’s annual conference in October, highlighted his 20 years in the field of Animal Services.

“In these years, he has been a community staple for providing education and information to our community. He has dedicated his career to the welfare of animals and the safety of the public,” said Animal Services Director Leigh Anne Garrard.

Citing the physical and emotional demands of working in animal services, Ms. Garrard added, “Michael has always done his job with a smile and kind words. Please join the Chatham County Public Health Department in recognizing Michael for his years of service.”

Mr. Yarborough accepted the award in person at the conference and serves on the NCARCA’s Board of Directors.


CCPHD Webpage with Ebola Information and Links


It seems there is something neinfographics-ebola-basicsw on the news every day regarding Ebola. To date, the outbreak in West Africa has killed over 4500 people, making it the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The health infrastructure and social challenges in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea have made it very difficult to contain the epidemic, and models have projected over 1 million people could become infected if effective measures are not put into place to control the spread of the disease. Furthermore, we are all aware of the case of a traveler who became symptomatic after his arrival in Dallas and the subsequent challenges maintaining control of the situation.

The Chatham County Public Health Department is working with local, state, and national partners to prepare for the possibility of a patient with Ebola in this area. We have also  created a webpage with an overview of Ebola and links to resources. An important role of public health staff in controlling the spread of a communicable disease is contact tracing, or monitoring those who have come into contact with an infectious person. Certainly Ebola would bring about unprecedented challenges. However, public health practitioners have extensive experience with contact tracing and would work diligently to protect residents should such a situation become reality.


Spread the Word: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This month, organizations and individuals across the country are joining forces to raise aware around the issue of domestic violence. While domestic violence has been in the news a lot recently, it is important to look beyond the headlines and work together to put an end to it. So, what can you do this month to raise awareness? Here are a few ideas:

  • Wear purple - Purple is the color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple this month to raise awareness.
  • Talk to others about domestic violence- Awareness begins with a conversation. Reach out to others about why ending domestic
    CCPHD's Anna Stormzand and Zach Deaton join FVRC for a rally to end domestic violence

    CCPHD’s Anna Stormzand and Zach Deaton join FVRC for a rally to end domestic violence

    violence is important. 

  • Learn about available resources right here in Chatham County- Family Violence and Rape Crisis (FVRC) is an invaluable asset to the county. Learn about their work and participate in their Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, like the Domestic Violence Vigil on October 30th.
  • Stand up to domestic violence! No one is alone in this fight.

Eat a Rainbow Week: What did you do?

Did you participate in Eat a Rainbow Week last week? Whether you saw us at a farmers’ market, ate at a participating restaurant, or turned in your passport, we want to know what you thought. Please share your feedback here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EAR2014_Participant