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CDC Issues New Ebola Guidance for Labs; NYC Man Tests Negative for Ebola — Physician’s First Watch

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August 8, 2014

CDC Issues New Ebola Guidance for Labs; NYC Man Tests Negative for Ebola

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

The CDC on Thursday issued interim guidelines for U.S. laboratory workers and other healthcare personnel on appropriate collection, transport, and testing of specimens from patients who are suspected to be infected with Ebola virus.

Among its recommendations, the CDC says that personnel collecting or testing specimens should wear a full face shield or goggles, a mask that covers all of the nose and mouth, gloves, and fluid-resistant or impermeable gowns.

In addition, the CDC's director told Congress that he activated the agency's emergency response center at the highest level of alert.

In other Ebola news, the New York City patient who underwent testing for Ebola earlier this week has tested negative, the New York Times reports.

As of Aug. 6, Ebola virus had infected 1711 people in West Africa, claiming 932 lives, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization.

Reader Comments (1)

Raul Fernandez Physician, Epidemiology/Statistics, Hospital de Clínicas Caracas

I think that the Spanish versión must be com mind out soon. Would be nice to send it worldwide. Thanks in advance for your attention.
Raúl Fernández MD MPH MgSc

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