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Scope of Ebola Outbreak "Vastly" Underestimated — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
August 18, 2014

Scope of Ebola Outbreak "Vastly" Underestimated

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

The World Health Organization said last week that although over 1000 people are known to have died of Ebola in Africa, officials in the area "see evidence that the numbers of reported cases and deaths vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak."

In other Ebola news:

  • The CDC has issued an updated health advisory for clinicians on Ebola, providing links to various Web resources, including guidance specifically for clinicians in U.S. healthcare facilities.

  • The New York Times reports that some U.S. hospitals consider CDC guidance on the protective attire for healthcare workers treating Ebola patients to be too lax. The guidelines recommend gloves, a fluid-resistant gown, eye protection, and face mask, but don't go so far as to recommend full-body, fluid-resistant suits in all situations.

  • The FDA is reminding consumers that no Ebola treatments or vaccines have been approved for use, and consumers should be wary of any products found online claiming to treat or prevent the disease.

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