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CDC Provides New Ebola-Related Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a number of new resources related to Ebola, including:

  • A video overview, produced with Medscape, of the agency’s new guidelines on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) with patients who have suspected or confirmed Ebola. Medscape notes that the video demonstrates only one methodology for putting on and taking off PPE safely and that “health care facilities may need to adapt the protocol to their needs.”
  • A list of considerations for clinicians evaluating whether to discharge someone under investigation for Ebola who has not had a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. According to the CDC, discharge decisions should be based on clinical and laboratory criteria and on the ability to monitor the individual after discharge, and made by the medical providers caring for the individual, along with the local and state health departments.
  • An infographic detailing the differences between the flu and Ebola viruses, including signs and symptoms, and methods of transmission.

Finally, all of the CDC’s frequently asked questions documents are located in one spot on its website, including questions about the disease, transmission and safe management of Ebola in hospitals.