The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated guidance — in the form of frequently asked questions — on Ebola screening in health care facilities. CDC says U.S. health facilities "no longer need to screen patients specifically for Ebola virus disease" but should regularly review CDC travel notices, obtain a complete travel history before the patient exam, and "adjust screening practices for acutely ill patients."
"Because of the constant risk for travel-associated diseases (such as malaria, dengue, vaccine-preventable diseases) and emerging pathogens (MERS-CoV, chikungunya, Zika virus, etc.), a travel history should remain part of routine patient evaluation, including during entry to the facility," CDC's guidance states.
CDC also advises health care facilities to post signs and posters (in appropriate languages) in high-traffic patient areas to inform patients of the need to provide physicians with their travel history and to take precautions to prevent infection.
Action, April 1, 2016
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June 23, 2016