Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Think Ebola: Early recognition is critical


If assessment indicates possible Ebola virus infection, take action.

  • Isolate the patient in a private room with a private bathroom or covered, bedside commode and close the door
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE):
  • Limit the healthcare personnel who enter the room
  • Keep a log of everyone who enters and leaves the patient’s room
  • Consider alternative diagnoses, and evaluate appropriately
  • Only perform necessary tests and procedures
  • Avoid aerosol-generating procedures Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting, and managing waste: http://


Alert others, including public health authorities.

  • Notify your facility’s infection control program and other appropriate staff
  • Contact your state or local public health authorities
  • Consult with state or local public health authorities about testing for Ebola
  • For a list of state and local health department numbers, visit:

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