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Global Health
December 17, 2014

Sierra Leone Patient Data Provide Insight for Curbing Ebola Outbreak

JAMA. 2014;312(23):2481. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16700

Clinical and laboratory data from patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone that were analyzed by an international group of researchers are providing a better understanding of this latest manifestation of the disease that can be used to improve care for current and future outbreaks (Schieffelin JS et al. N Engl J Med. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1411680 [published online October 29, 2014]).

The researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of the epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory records of 106 patients diagnosed with EVD at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone between May 25 and June 18, 2014. All the patients received intravenous fluids and other supportive care from staff who had experience caring for patients with viral hemorrhagic fever.