Health district staff can provide clinical guidance on identifying suspect cases of Ebola virus, safely handling lab specimens, and appropriate protocols of care for patients.


Here in Spokane County, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) infectious disease and emergency preparedness specialists closely monitor the ongoing response to Ebola in Africa – just as they do for any other outbreak of illness or disease.

Here are some of the activities that remain ongoing, regardless of whether an Ebola outbreak is occurring or not:

  • SRHD is in routine contact with health officials at Washington State Department of Health, who in turn partner with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other global health organizations to ensure the latest and most up-to-date information about the Ebola is available to U.S. health agencies.
  • SRHD communicates with doctors, EMS providers, local health, hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Spokane County to share the latest Ebola information.
  • SRHD is committed to working with local healthcare partners to prepare systems of care to effectively respond in the extremely unlikely event that a person with symptoms of Ebola virus arrives here.

Situational Awareness

May 31, 2018

On May 8, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) was notified of an Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the Bikoro Health Zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This is the ninth Ebola outbreak in the DRC over the last four decades, with the most recent occurring in May 2017. Up to date case counts and outbreak information are available on the WHO Ebola Situation Reports for the Democratic Republic of Congo website.

Guidance & Recommendations

Patient Evaluation

Laboratory (specimen collection, transport, testing, submission)

Protecting Healthcare and Other Workers


General Information

Other Resources

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