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Ebola Information 2017-04-14T18:34:41+00:00

Ebola Information

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The International Federation of Biosafety Associations (IFBA) is working closely with Member Biosafety Associations and partners in the region to provide support and assistance in the areas of infection control and biosafety. Weak infection control measures and inadequate universal precaution practices represent an ongoing challenge to the operational response.

America Biological Safety Association (ABSA) Position Paper on Ebola, December 12, 2014 (PDF 27KB)


From the WHO:

A number of guidelines and training tools are available from the WHO and have been posted on the emerging issues resources section of the IFBA website as follows:

Ebola Virus Disease: Implications of Introduction to the Americas

Ebola Virus Disease: Implications of Introduction to the Americas (Spanish Version)

Ebola and Marburg Virus Disease Epidemics: Preparedness, Alert, Control and Evaluation

Infection Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected Viral Haemorrhagic Fever

Infection Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in African HealthCare Setting

Infection Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in African HealthCare Setting(French version)

Aide-Memoire for Infection Prevention & Control in a HealthCare Facility

5 Moments of Hand Hygiene

5 Moments of Hand Hygiene Article

5 Moments of Handy Hygiene (French version)

How Ebola Spreads Infographic

 

From USC Keck School of Medicine: Learn about the spread of the deadly virus, and how officials have responded thus far.  Click on the image to see the full infographic.

 


Guidance from CDC:

The CDC’s Ebola information page

For medical staff: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html

For clinical lab staff: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-specimen-collection-submission-patients-suspected-infection-ebola.html

Detailed EMS Checklist for Ebola Preparedness(PDF 115KB)

Information for Healthcare Workers and Settings

Preventing Worker Fatigue Among Ebola Healthcare Workers and Responders


DOT Special Permit for Ebola-infected patient waste has been issued(PDF 79KB)


The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) Ebola Laboratory Resources.


Public Health Agency of Canada – Ebola Pathogen Safety Data Sheet


Emory Healthcare Ebola Preparedness Protocols


Elizabeth R. Griffin Foundation Ebola Flyer (PDF 3MB)


The APIC’s Ebola Resorces page


UNMC – Donning & Doffing PPE Posters(PDF 2.7MB)


Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) Ebola Toolkit


Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) – Pushed to the Limit and Beyond: A year into the largest ever Ebola outbreak


Ebola related published submissions in Applied Biosafety: Journal of ABSA International

 

Ebola 2014: Clarifying the Confusion—A Public Health and Laboratory Containment Perspective(PDF 331KB)
Channing D. Sheets and Patricia L. Payne
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 19, NUMBER 3, 2014

Capsule—Reduction of Sharp Injuries, Early Warning System for Medical Examiners, Ebola-Vaccine Development and Tips for Lab Workers Planning to Work in Low-Resource Countries(PDF 52KB)
Felix K. Gmuender
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 16, NUMBER 1, 2011

Book Review—Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers-Perspectives in Medical Virology (Volume 11) by Colin R. Howard(PDF 68KB)
Jens H. Kuhn
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2, 2006

Book Review—Ebola and Marburg Viruses — Molecular and Cellular Biology Edited by Hans-Dieter Klenk and Heinz Feldmann(PDF 60KB)
Jens H. Kuhn
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 10, NUMBER 1, 2005

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication(PDF 140KB)
Barbara Reynolds
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 10, NUMBER 1, 2005

Book Review—Ebola and Marburg Viruses: A View of Infection Using Electron Microscopy by E. I. Ryabchikova and B. B. Price(PDF 48KB)
Jens H. Kuhn
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 9, NUMBER 1, 2004

Issues Affecting Respirator Selection for Workers Exposed to Infectious Aerosols: Emphasis on Healthcare Settings(PDF 188KB)
Steven W. Lenhart, Teresa Seitz, Douglas Trout, and Nancy Bollinger
PUBLISHED – VOLUME 9, NUMBER 1, 2004

Ebola Related Articles

Transmission of Ebola Viruses: What We Know and What We Do Not Know by Michael T. Osterholm, et al. – mBio, 2/19/15

A Brilliantly Designed Hazmat Suit for Ebola Workers by Margaret Rhodes – Wired, 1/8/15