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Ebola Outbreak: New CDC Resources, Infected U.K. Worker Transported — Physician’s First Watch

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August 25, 2014

Ebola Outbreak: New CDC Resources, Infected U.K. Worker Transported

By Amy Orciari Herman

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

The CDC has issued several new resources in response to the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, including step-by-step instructions for putting on and taking off personal protective equipment.

Meanwhile, the first British healthcare worker to contract Ebola was transported from Sierra Leone to Great Britain on Sunday, Reuters reports. Also on Sunday, the Democratic Republic of Congo confirmed its first Ebola cases this year, but the strain differs from that seen in West Africa.

Elsewhere, the WHO explained why it believes the outbreak has been underestimated. For example, many people hide infected family members at home because they believe their loved ones will die more comfortably there, while others remain in denial about their family members' true illness and fear transfer to a medical facility will lead to infection. And in some regions, corpses are buried without notification of public health officials.

Lastly, a front-page story in Sunday's New York Times details the dedication of healthcare workers and "burial boys" in Sierra Leone, centering around a nurse nicknamed "Mummy" who stays on duty at a government hospital even after losing 22 coworkers to Ebola.

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