CDC issues Ebola guidance for the hospital setting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended standard, contact and droplet precautions for patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

The recommendations focus on the hospital setting, but the recommendations for personal protective equipment and environmental infection control are applicable to any health care setting, according to CDC. The agency continues to monitor the outbreak in West Africa and will update its guidance as needed.

Ebola is characterized by sudden onset of fever and malaise, accompanied by other nonspecific signs and symptoms, such as headache, vomiting and diarrhea. Patients with severe forms of the disease may develop multi-organ dysfunction, leading to shock and death.

More than 700 people have died from the virus in West Africa, but CDC officials have said there remains “little risk to the U.S. general population at this time.”

08-04-2014 02:15 (EDT)