This update from Schmitt-Thompson Clinical Content on the Ebola Virus outbreak in Africa:
Regarding the Ebola Virus outbreak in Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is definitely the best source of information and guidance.
The CDC has excellent patient education materials:
- Questions and Answers on Ebola (Last Updated 08.01.2014): http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html.
The CDC also provides specific and useful references for clinicians and hospitals:
- Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare Settings: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/clinician-information-us-healthcare-settings.html.
- Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in U.S. Hospitals: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/patient-management-us-hospitals.html.
Drs. Schmitt and Thompson recommend using these information sources for telephone triage calls on this topic. At this time, they have no current plans to develop a triage protocol. However, they will continue to monitor events.
[Posted by Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD for AnswerStat magazine, a medical healthcare publication from Peter DeHaan Publishing Inc.]