CDC Key Messages: Ebola Virus Disease

CDC Key Messages: Ebola Virus Disease  

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This article summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

CDC has updated its interim guidance for monitoring and movement of persons who have had contact with Ebola patients. Key changes include:

  • New risk levels are given for people who may have been exposed to Ebola, as well as for those not at risk for the disease.
  • The guidance recommends stricter actions for escalating level of risk based on the type of exposure.
  • State and local public health authorities are advised to use active monitoring or direct active monitoring rather than having people monitor themselves.
  • Specific guidance is given about monitoring health care workers who cared for patients with Ebola in a country with widespread transmission and people who visited an Ebola Treatment Unit in one of those countries.
  • Specific guidance is also given about monitoring healthcare workers who provided care of patients with Ebola in the United States.
  • The CDC fact sheet on the updated guidance is attached.

Identify, Isolate, Inform: Emergency Department Evaluation and Management

CDC, in collaboration with the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Emergency Nurses Association, has developed guidance for emergency department evaluation and management for patients who present with possible Ebola Virus Disease and an accompanying algorithm.


Ebola Infographic for Health Care Workers

CDC has created a fillable infographic for healthcare workers to use in determining if a patient may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. This tool provides a detailed checklist to follow when presented with a patient:

  • whose travel history includes the highlyaffected West African countries (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone),
  • who has a history of exposure to a person with Ebola, and
  • whose evaluation confirms the presence of symptoms associated with exposure to the virus.
  • The form also provides contact information for healthcare workers use to contact state and local health departments to determine if more testing is necessary.  


Other Online Ebola Resources


Guidance for Donning and Doffing PPE during Management of Patients with Ebola in U.S. Hospitals

A new video resource is available to demonstrate the procedures described in CDC guidance for donning and doffing PPE for all health care providers entering the room of a patient with known or suspected Ebola.  The video is not intended to constitute or substitute for direct training, medical or treatment advice.  These informational materials were created in collaboration between CDC, Johns Hopkins University, Salesforce Foundation, Miami University, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.


HHS Webinars and National Calls for Healthcare Professionals and Healthcare Settings

HHS held a call on Fri., Oct. 31 for hospital executives, hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers across the U.S. on Preparing the Healthcare System for Ebola. Leaders from ASPR, CDC, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Intergovernmental and External Affairs, and the Department of Transportation participated in this call on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility. A transcript and audio of this call is available here.


Audio replays and transcripts of past calls and webinars can be found on the Ebola calls webpage.