2014 Ebola Outbreak

ACOG Resources

In response to the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak, ACOG has issued the following Practice Advisories for providing obstetric and gynecologic care in the setting of national and international Ebola infections.

11/3/14 ACOG Practice Advisory: Care of Obstetric Patients During an Ebola Virus Outbreak

10/20/14 ACOG Practice Advisory: Ebola: Joint ACOG/CDC Considerations for Ob-Gyns and Their Patients

What Obstetrician and Gynecologists Should know about Ebola (available in the Obstetrics & Gynecology November 2014 print journal.)

For a summary of ACOG's activities addressing the Ebola Crisis visit the article in ACOG Rounds: ACOG, CDC, and the Ebola Crisis

CDC Resources

CDC Ebola Website an information hub for all Ebola- related information.

CDC Emergency Response - 2/13/15 - Addressing Needs of Contacts of Ebola Patients During an Investigation of an Ebola Cluster in the United States- Dallas, Texas, 2014, MMWR, February 13, 2015 / 64(05);121-123

11/25/14 Guidance for Screening and Caring for Pregnant Women with Ebola Virus Disease for Healthcare Providers in U.S. Hospitals

Breastfeeding/Infant Feeding Recommendations in the Context of Ebola
9/19/14 The CDC publication, “Recommendations for Breastfeeding/Infant Feeding in the Context of Ebola,” provides clinicians with recommendations about breastfeeding if a mother has probable or confirmed Ebola virus/ disease.

Clinician Outreach and Communications Activity (COCA)
The CDC’s Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) page provides timely, accurate, and credible information to clinicians related to emergency preparedness and response and emerging public health threats. Sign Up for COCA Updates, Call Announcements, Clinical Reminders, and Other COCA Clinician Resources. Send an email to coca@cdc.gov.

Ebola Guidelines
10/29/14 Review of Human-to-Human Transmission of Ebola Virus
Could it be Ebola? Infographic and checklist for patients under evaluation for Ebola virus disease

Risk of Exposure

10/28/14 Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure. With the complex nature and seriousness of the outbreak, CDC has created interim guidance for monitoring people potentially exposed to Ebola and for evaluating their intended travel, including the application of movement restrictions when indicated.

10/27/14 Epidemiologic Risk Factors to Consider when Evaluating a Person for Exposure to Ebola Virus, the included epidemiologic risk factors should be considered when evaluating a person for Ebola virus disease (Ebola), classifying contacts, or considering public health actions such as monitoring and movement restrictions based on exposure.

11/25/14 Enhanced Airport Entry Screening and Active Post- Arrival Monitoring for People Traveling to the United States from Mali

Information for Healthcare Workers: U.S. Healthcare Settings

11/12/14 Guidance for Screening and Caring for Pregnant Women with Ebola Virus Disease for Healthcare Providers in U.S. Hospitals

10/28/14 Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus

10/28/14 Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for Management of Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

10/27/14 Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Ebola virus disease (Ebola) is a rare and deadly viral illness which is reportable to the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (NNDSS) in all US states and territories.

10/27/14 Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management for Patients Who Present with Possible Ebola Virus Disease CDC released new guidance for Emergency Departments (ED) on evaluating and managing patients presenting with possible Ebola Virus Disease.

10/22/14 The press release “CDC Announces Active Post- Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries," explains how state and local authorities will enforce active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, and how the CDC is assisting these efforts.

CDC Tightened Guidance for U.S. Health Care Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

10/21/14 CDC Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing).

10/20/14 CDC Newsroom- Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola Fact Sheet

CDC/ASPR Checklists

The CDC and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) have prepared these checklists for health care professionals:

SMFM Resources

12/9/14 Ebola and Pregnancy: General Pregnancy Guidance from the Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine (SMFM)

Other External Resources

How Ebola Spreads - This infographic from the Master of Public Health online program at USC explains the 2014 Ebola outbreak, common symptoms, how it was spread, and how to prevent a similar outbreak

2/12/15 AWHONN Practice Brief - Ebola: Caring for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Newborns in the United States: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 3

1/14/15 Ebola in pregnancy: risk and clinical outcomes A Kitching, A Walsh, D Morgan. Emerging Infections and Zoonoses Department, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, Public Health England, London, UK

1/11/14 Obstetrics in the time of Ebola: challenges and dilemmas in providing lifesaving care during a deadly epidemic Black, Bo. BJOG 2015; DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.13232.

10/30/14 Ebola in Pregnancy: Information for healthcare workers, Public Health England

10/14 Guidance paper Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC): pregnant and lactating women. Brussels; Medecins Sans Frontieres; 2014. V 1.2

10/14 Principles of management for pregnant women with Ebola: a western context. Brussels; Medecins Sans Frontieres; 2014.

12/19/14 Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are pleased to share with you a new report, Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases 2014. The report finds the Ebola outbreak exposes serious underlying gaps in the nation's ability to manage severe infectious disease threats.

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