Via CIDRAP: News Scan for Jul 29, 2014 | CDC advisory on Ebola; Meningitis B vaccine uptake. Excerpt:
With the continuing spread of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday issued an official advisory for US HCWs to consider EVD and possible isolation pending diagnosis in patients who have Ebola-like symptoms and a travel history to affected countries within the previous 21 days.
The advisory follows confirmation of Nigeria's first imported EVD case and reports that two US healthcare workers (HCWs) became infected while doing hospital work in Liberia.
The advisory, sent through the CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN), says sudden onset of fever and malaise plus myalgia, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or other nonspecific signs and symptoms could be clues. More severe EVD could manifest as hepatic damage, renal failure, and central nervous system involvement.
Countries affected in the ongoing Ebola outbreak include Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The CDC says there is "little risk to the US general population at this time" but urges HCWs to remain alert.