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December 17, 2014

Ebola Virus Disease and the Need for New Personal Protective Equipment

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City
  • 2Iowa City VA Health System, Iowa City
JAMA. 2014;312(23):2495-2496. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15497

Preventing transmission of pathogens in the health care setting with the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has been an area of longstanding debate in the infection prevention community. Recently, reports of nosocomial transmission of Ebola virus to 2 nurses from the same patient in Texas (despite their use of PPE) has generated great concern and presents new challenges, particularly because there is no postexposure prophylaxis or effective antiviral therapy for Ebola, and approximately half of the cases are fatal.

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