CDC Issues Ebola Best Practices Reminder for Providers
Consider Ebola as diagnosis in recent travelers with symptoms of disease
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a general reminder to travelers and health care providers on best practices regarding Ebola.
According to the CDC, health care providers should take a travel history from anyone with symptoms of viral infection. Ebola should be considered in patients who develop fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, or unexplained bruising or bleeding 21 days after traveling from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone. In such cases, health care providers should immediately take infection control precautions and contact their state or local health department if they have questions.
"We are stopping Ebola in its tracks in this country," CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., said in a statement. "We can do that because of two things: strong infection control that stops the spread of Ebola in health care, and strong core public health functions to trace contacts, track contacts, isolate them if they have any symptoms, and stop the chain of transmission. I am certain we will control this."
The CDC and the state of Texas will post new information about Ebola on their websites as it becomes available.