Guidelines for evaluation of US patients suspected of having Ebola Virus Disease [Update 8/8/2014]
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Guidelines for evaluation of US patients suspected of having Ebola Virus Disease [Update 8/8/2014]

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      August 1, 2014 20:00 ET (8:00 PM ET) [Update 8/8/2014]

      CDCHAN-00364 [Update 8/8/2014]

      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 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. Please disseminate this information to infectious disease specialists, intensive care physicians, primary care physicians, hospital epidemiologists, infection control professionals, and hospital administration, as well as to emergency departments and microbiology laboratories.

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