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Fact sheet : CDC taking active steps related to hospital preparedness for Ebola treatment
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    CDC taking active steps related to hospital preparedness for Ebola treatment
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    CDC support in Dallas --Focus of the Dallas hospital investigation --Immediate actions in response to the investigation: Personal protective equipment; Oversight and monitoring; Enhanced training --Establishing a dedicated CDC response team --Ensuring healthcare workers and facilities are prepared.

    In addition to an initial team of 10 public health professionals sent on September 30 to support contact tracing and response after an index patient was hospitalized with Ebola in Dallas, CDC has sent new resources to Dallas to support the highest standard of infection control. CDC has deployed a second team of 16 to Dallas to train and assist the hospital in infection control and the monitoring of health care workers who had contact with the index patient. These join the 2 CDC officials who were assisting the hospital previously. The additional CDC team includes experts in: Infection control, Ebola virus control and infectious diseases; Laboratory science; Personal protective equipment; Hospital epidemiology; Workplace safety.

    The team includes experts who successfully controlled outbreaks of Ebola in Africa in the past two decades, including in health-care settings. Team members have worked with Doctors Without Borders on infection control protocols and trained others in Africa to follow those protocols. This expertise is being directly shared with the hospital. In addition, two infection control nurses from Emory University hospital who have experience treating Ebola patients without infecting health-care workers are joining the response at the Dallas hospital to provide peer-to-peer training and support. This combination of training will help hospital staff across a range of care and management experiences.

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