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15 August 2014

Last updated: 18 August 2014, Volume 8, No 32 (PDF file xxx kB)

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Ebola virus disease in west Africa: PHE guidance documents for health professionals

The following guidance documents for UK health professionals relating to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in west Africa were added to the PHE website during the past week.
All can be accessed via the Health Protection Collection "Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance” landing page [1]:
  • updated guidance, produced by the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, on the management of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHF) [2]. This includes information on the risk assessment of patients, infection control and prevention, laboratory testing, and public health actions. Associated with this guidance is an updated risk assessment algorithm [2] that should be used in conjunction with the guidance document;
  • guidance for doctors (from PHE Microbiology Services) seeking advice on testing samples from patients with possible VHFs [3];
  • guidance for clinical staff undertaking direct patient care in acute trusts to assist them in identifying and managing patients who require assessment for EVD [4];
  • environmental cleaning guidance for potential Ebola contamination (excluding healthcare settings) [5];
  • guidance for educational, childcare and young persons' settings where there may be children or students returning or visiting from Ebola-affected countries [6].

PHE's National Travel Health Network and Centre updated its advice for health professionals on 12 August [7].


References

1. “Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance”, as at 18 August 2014.

2. Viral haemorrhagic fever: ACDP algorithm and guidance on management of patients (updated 13 August).

3. Viral Haemorrhagic Fever Sample Testing Advice (15 August).

4. Ebola virus disease: identifying and managing patients for assessment in acute trusts (15 August).

5. Ebola: environmental cleaning guidance for potential contamination (excluding healthcare settings) (13 August).

6. Ebola: advice and risk assessment for educational, childcare and young persons' settings (13 August).

7. National Travel Health Network and Centre Clinical Update (8 August 2014), http://nathnac.org/pro/clinical_updates/ebola_westafrica_120814.htm.