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CDC Posts Interim Guidance on Safe Care of Ebola Survivors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance on managing Ebola survivors in health care settings. Recognizing the potential for virus persistence in certain body fluids and tissues, CDC recommends that facilities caring for survivors take the following precautions:

  • Arrange expert consultation in advance or on an urgent basis as needed.
  • Assess facility capabilities, including ability to correctly implement and maintain infection control.
  • Assess the readiness, training and competence of all staff potentially involved in care, and their willingness to remain part of the care team knowing the possible risk of virus persistence.
  • Determine appropriate personal protective equipment based on a risk assessment of potential exposure during the procedure(s) and related care and ensure training on its use.

CDC notes that continued use of these recommendations will diminish over time, and this guidance will be updated accordingly.