Ebola Virus Disease Management

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National guidelines for management of patients with suspected, probable or confirmed Ebola have been published today. The risk of a case in Australia is low (perhaps at worst an infected aid worker or two), but a few hospitals have seen febrile returned travellers from west Africa.

The guidelines are here (SoNG for public health units): http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ohp-ebola.htm

The infection control measures that are recommended are similar to those recommended by CDC; droplet/contact for most patients, aerosol precautions if an aerosol generating procedure is anticipated.

This adds to previous PLHN guidelines (2005) for laboratory biosafety http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-phln-vhf-parta.htm