Submitted by Mark Ingerman, MD, Medical Director of Infection Prevention
The Viral Hemorrhagic Fever outbreak of Ebola continues to be a worldwide concern regarding the spread of this infectious disease beyond the four “at risk” countries (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria). As of August 22, the numbers are as follows:
- Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 2615
- Suspected Case Deaths: 1427
- Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1528
The only cases of Ebola in the United States have been two patients who were infected in Liberia and transferred to Emory University Hospital. As of this date, there have been no other cases reported in the U.S.
We have sent prior communications regarding thesigns and symptoms of this devastating viral infection to all MLH Emergency Departments, OB/GYN clinicians, and Outpatient Offices/Urgent Care Centers. Specific instructions have also been sent to MLH Occupational Health offices regarding interaction with MLH employees who may have been traveling to one of the four countries or may have been exposed to a patient with Ebola.