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CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Hospital Infection Control, Specimen Shipping Related to Ebola Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has increased the need for U.S. health care facilities to be prepared to safely manage a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease. To help reduce the risks associated with contaminated surfaces in patient care environments, CDC has issued Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus. The guideline covers topics related to waste, linens and recommended personal protective equipment for environmental services staff. It also includes a Q&A section on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, determining the appropriate EPA-registered hospital disinfectant and managing spills of blood or other body substances.

The CDC has also posted an Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients Suspected with Ebola Virus Disease and now recommends that, prior to shipment of specimens, health care workers should contact their state or local health department in addition to the CDC to determine the proper procedure.  For more information, visit CDC’s Ebola website and web page for health care workers.