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Medical News & Perspectives
August 20, 2014

CDC: Ebola Risk to US Patients Is Low, But Clinicians Should Be on Alert

JAMA. 2014;312(7):686. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10528

As the number of cases and deaths increases in West Africa in the largest-ever outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a health alert to health care workers to take steps to help prevent the spread of the virus in the United States. Although the risk of the virus spreading outside of Africa is low, the agency said, it advised clinicians to obtain good travel histories of their patients to identify those with recent travel (within 21 days) to affected countries, to be aware of the symptoms of Ebola infection, and to “consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing” (http://1.usa.gov/1lavRXd).

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