The DC Department of Health’s (DOH) Division of Epidemiology-Disease Surveillance & Investigation issued an informational advisory on the Ebola outbreak. DOH believes that the virus poses little risk to the general population at this time but encourages healthcare workers to be alert for signs and symptoms of Ebola in patients with compatible illness who have a recent (within 21 days) travel history to countries where the outbreak is occurring, and should consider isolation of those patients meeting these criteria, pending diagnostic testing.
The District requests that physicians report suspected and laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola Virus (and other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as Lassa, Lujo, Marburg virus and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever) to DOH. To report data, please use the form found here. An epidemiologist can be reached by phone at (202) 442-8141.
Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning to avoid nonessential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “This is the biggest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. Far too many lives have been lost already,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “It will take many months, and it won’t be easy, but Ebola can be stopped. We know what needs to be done. CDC is surging our response, sending 50 additional disease control experts to the region in the next 30 days.”