Recent cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) underscore the potential for travel-associated spread of the disease and the risks of EVD to health care workers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued a health advisory July 28.
Nigerian health authorities confirmed a diagnosis of EVD in a patient who died in a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, after traveling from Liberia on July 20. The report marks the first Ebola case in Nigeria linked to the outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. Health authorities also reported two U.S. citizens working in a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia (including one Texas physician), have confirmed Ebola virus infection.
CDC says that while the possibility of infected people entering the United States remains low, U.S. health care workers should consider EVD in the differential diagnosis of febrile illness, with compatible symptoms, in any person with recent (within 21 days) travel history in the affected countries and consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.
Dallas County Health and Human Services has issued a decision algorithm to assist physicians with testing and monitoring patients with suspected EVD.
Visit the CDC website for more information on EVD and for interim guidance on EVD for health care workers.
Action, Aug. 15, 2014