Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us

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Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us

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Ending the West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak required an unprecedented international response.

Date Last Updated (Year-Month-Day)

2016-06-01

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Varkey, J. B. and B. S. Ribner (2016). "Preparing for Serious Communicable Diseases in the United States: What the Ebola Virus Epidemic Has Taught Us." Microbiol Spectr 4(3).

Abstract

Ending the West Africa Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak required an unprecedented international response. For the United States, participation in the international response to the West Africa EVD outbreak provided an opportunity to learn important lessons in four key domains critical to preparing for future outbreaks of EVD and other serious communicable diseases: (i) safe and effective patient care, (ii) the role of experimental therapeutics and vaccines, (iii) infection control, and (iv) hospital and community preparedness.

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