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Denver Emergency Preparedness Information on Ebola

The City and County of Denver is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of residents and visitors to our city by continually working to identify, prepare and plan for potential outbreaks or emergencies.

While Colorado has no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola and the risk of contracting Ebola is still very low, multiple agencies, including Denver’s Office of Emergency Management, Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Health and Denver International Airport are working closely to monitor the spread of the disease, identify risks, and plan for the possibility of a case in the metro area. 

This preparation includes closely following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), distributing health information, identifying and reaching out to vulnerable populations and creating citywide emergency response plans to manage and contain the spread of a potential outbreak. Denver-area hospitals are also planning should a case occur.

Denver International Airport has been communicating closely with partners in  federal, state and local agencies, such as Denver Health and Customs and Border Protection. Since August, Customs and Border Protection has placed a health advisory message on the flight information display screens warning travelers about Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The advisory recommends travelers seek medical attention if they have symptoms and to contact the CDC for additional information.  At this time, the airport has not been asked or directed to take any additional measures.

The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security regularly conducts emergency management exercises with multiple agencies, including public health, safety and first responders, to prepare for incidents like this.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) offers the Colorado Emergency Help Line (CO HELP ) to answer questions on this and other health-related issues. In the Denver area callers can use 303-389-1687. Outside of Denver, call 1-877-462-2911.