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Goodman A.B.,2014 2015 Ebola Response | Goodman A.B.,National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities | Meites E.,2014 2015 Ebola Response | Meites E.,National Center for | And 26 more authors.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report | Year: 2015

What is already known on this topic? The current epidemic of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) is the largest in history and represents the first time Ebola has been diagnosed in the United States. CDC’s Emergency Operations Center offers consultation to state and local health departments and health care providers assessing adults and children for Ebola. What is added by this report? During July 9, 2014–January 4, 2015, CDC responded to clinical inquiries regarding 89 children in the United States. Only 33 had an epidemiologic risk factor; 15 were tested for Ebola. All were negative. Medical evaluation and treatment for other conditions were sometimes delayed while the child underwent Ebola assessment. Additionally, health care providers and hospitals expressed concerns about allowing parents in the isolation room. What are the implications for public health practice? Public health and health care providers in the United States, while maintaining a high level of vigilance for Ebola among ill pediatric patients, should be prepared to provide child-focused care that includes timely diagnosis and treatment of common pediatric illnesses, as well as Ebola, and reflects overall best practices in supporting children’s psychosocial needs. Parents or caregivers who provide bedside support to a child in isolation for Ebola evaluation should use personal protective equipment in accordance with CDC guidance, health department recommendations, and facility policies. © 2015 Department of Health and Human Services. All rights reserved. Source

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