CDC has issued interim guidance and additional resources for U.S. healthcare providers to safely care for survivors of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The guidance includes information about sequelae, or complications, of EVD as well as data on Ebola virus persistence in EVD survivors, and infection prevention and control recommendations for U.S. healthcare providers when evaluating a patient who is an EVD survivor. The interim guidance can be found here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/evaluating-patients/guidance-for-management-of-survivors-ebola.html.
CDC published additional resources to supplement the guidance:
- Messages for the Care of Survivors of Ebola Virus Disease - Topics in this resource include, health problems EVD survivors may experience, guidance to use Standard Precautions for all patient care and recommendations for when extra precautions may be needed. Read more here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/evaluating-patients/messages-for-care-of-survivors-ebola-.html
- FAQ on Screening for Ebola Virus Disease for Providers, Healthcare Facilities and Health Departments – FAQs include information on adjusting screening practices for acutely ill patients while reiterating a thorough travel history for all patients should be obtained to ensure proper infection control measures are in place. Additionally, information on hospital management recommendations for evaluating ill travelers from West Africa are included. You can find the FAQs here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/evaluating-patients/faqs-screening-ebola-providers-hc-facilities-health-departments.html