Ebola Virus: a Clear and Present Danger
Journal of Clinical Microbiology January 2015 V.53 N.1 P.4-8
Eileen M. Burd
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
An epidemic of Ebola virus disease is occurring in Western Africa on a scale not seen before, particularly in the countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The continued spread is facilitated by insufficient medical facilities, poor sanitation, travel, and unsafe burial practices. Several patients diagnosed with Ebola virus disease in Africa have been evacuated to the United States for treatment, and several other patients have been diagnosed in the United States.
It is important for laboratories to be aware of available tests, especially those granted emergency use authorization, as hospitals prepare protocols for the diagnosis and management of high-risk patients.
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