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CDC Warns Health Care Providers of Ebola Outbreaks

In a clinical alert to health care providers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls for vigilant adherence to infection prevention and control guidelines amid Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.

CDC recommends screening patients and documenting international travel histories so health care personnel are aware of the possibility of communicable infections, such as viral hemorrhagic fevers, that require infection control precautions. The agency also issued an order to airlines requiring data collection from passengers present in the DRC and Guinea.

Health care facilities also should publicly post contact information for infection control personnel and the local public health jurisdiction to enable easy reporting of communicable diseases.

The CDC Ebola website includes guidance on using separate personal protective equipment (PPE) for clinically stable patients under investigation (PUIs) and confirmed Ebola patients or clinically unstable PUIs. The site also includes a PPE calculator to help health care leaders estimate the amount of PPE necessary to manage a PUI or patient with confirmed Ebola.

The agency also urges health care providers to understand their role in the U.S. Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and special pathogens. The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center is available to consult hospitals on managing patients with Ebola.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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