Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Updated Health Advisory: Guidelines for Evaluation of US Patients Suspected of Having Ebola Virus Disease

Holly Harmon
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better understand and manage the public health risks posed by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).

To date, no cases have been reported in the United States. The purpose of this health update from the CDC is 1) to provide updated guidance to healthcare providers and state and local health departments regarding who should be suspected of having EVD, 2) to clarify which specimens should be obtained and how to submit for diagnostic testing, and 3) to provide hospital infection control guidelines. U.S. hospitals can safely manage a patient with EVD by following recommended isolation and infection control procedures.

To read the CDC Health Advisory: http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00364.asp .

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