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CDC Guidance on Caring for Pregnant Women With Ebola Now Available

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week issued guidance for U.S. hospitals on how to screen and care for pregnant women with known or suspected Ebola virus disease (EVD) in emergency departments and labor and delivery units. Health care providers who care for pregnant women in U.S. hospitals should be prepared to screen patients for Ebola and have a plan for how to triage these patients, CDC said. According to the guidance, pregnant women with known or suspected EVD should be hospitalized, and CDC’s guidance for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola should be followed. Health care workers who are pregnant should not care for patients with Ebola because of likely increased maternal and fetal risks. In addition, visitors for laboring patients with Ebola should be “severely restricted,” and women with Ebola should not breastfeed. Recommendations for personal protective equipment use by health care workers are the same as those for workers caring for non-pregnant Ebola patients.