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Criteria for discharge of patients with Ebola virus diseases in high-income countries


Bevilacqua, Nazario; Nicastri, Emanuele; Chinello, Pierangelo; Puro, Vincenzo; Petrosillo, Nicola; Caro, Antonino Di; Capobianchi, Maria Rosaria; Lanini, Simone; Vairo, Francesco; Pletschette, Michel; Zumla, Alimuddin; Ippolito, Giuseppe (2015). Criteria for discharge of patients with Ebola virus diseases in high-income countries. The Lancet Global Health, 3(12):e739-e740.

Abstract

During the recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in west Africa,1 several health-care and aid workers infected with EVD were evacuated to Europe and the USA, where local transmission occurred in occupationally exposed health-care workers. Preparation for discharge requires an organised and evidence-based approach to ensure that the patient, health-care workers, family, and community are protected at all times. The risk of infection to others after discharge in the community and of unexpected late clinical events for the patient make discharge policies difficult to formulate.

Abstract

During the recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in west Africa,1 several health-care and aid workers infected with EVD were evacuated to Europe and the USA, where local transmission occurred in occupationally exposed health-care workers. Preparation for discharge requires an organised and evidence-based approach to ensure that the patient, health-care workers, family, and community are protected at all times. The risk of infection to others after discharge in the community and of unexpected late clinical events for the patient make discharge policies difficult to formulate.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Medical Microbiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:21 October 2015
Deposited On:21 Dec 2015 14:35
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:43
Publisher:The Lancet Publishing Group
ISSN:2214-109X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00205-3
PubMed ID:26608193

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