Information and Resources about the Ebola Virus
The Ebola virus (Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) has been a very hot topic in the news recently, due to the outbreaks in western Africa. The flow of information about the virus and the outbreaks has been confusing, and often alarmist. Here are some reliable sources that can be relied on for current, accurate information about the virus itself, and implications for travelers or for healthcare workers in the United States.
From the Center for Disease Control:
- About Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/about.html): The facts about the disease, including transmission, symptoms, treatment, etc.
- Questions and Answers on Ebola (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/qa.html)
- 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/guinea/index.html) : Chronology, distribution maps and case counts for outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria.
- Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Known or Suspected Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in U.S. Hospitals (http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html )
From the World Health Organization:
- Global Alert and Response – Ebola Virus Disease (http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/): Links to information on infection control, risk assessment, patient care guidelines and ethical issues.
- Fact Sheet: Ebola Virus Disease (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/)
- International Travel and Health: West Africa – Ebola Virus Disease (http://www.who.int/ith/updates/20140421/en/)
From the National Library of Medicine:
- MEDLINE Plus: Hemorrhagic Fevers (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hemorrhagicfevers.html in English/ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/hemorrhagicfevers.html in Spanish.)
- PUBMED : search the biomedical journal literature (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=ebola[All%20Fields]%20OR%20%28%22Ebolavirus%22[Mesh]%20OR%20%22Hemorrhagic%20Fever%2C%20Ebola%22[Mesh]%20OR%20%22Ebola%20Vaccines%22[Mesh]%29&cmd=DetailsSearch )
From the National Institutes of Health:
- Clinical Trials: Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral (http://clinicaltrials.gov/search/open/condition=%22Hemorrhagic+Fevers,+Viral%22 )
And remember that the Drexel Libraries [or your local public library] can always help you find reliable and current information.