Ebola Update 11/18/14

November 18th, 2014

The CDC has added the country of Mali to the list of EVD affected countries in West Africa. The CDC recommended this measure because there have been a number of confirmed cases of Ebola in Mali in recent days, and a large number of individuals may have been exposed to those cases. Thus, the action is warranted as a precaution due to the possibility that other cases of Ebola may emerge in Mali in the coming days. CDC will continue to reassess this determination on a regular basis going forward. Beginning November 17, travelers from Mali will be routed through the five US airports conducting enhanced entry screening. Travelers from Mali will be monitored for 21 days after departure (see CDC announcement below). In evaluating potential suspect cases, health care providers and EMS responders should ask for a travel history to Mali in the 21 days prior to illness in addition to travel from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. No other countries are considered an exposure risk at this time. 

Important State Lab Information

The ISDH Laboratory now can perform EVD testing, and specimens on suspect cases can be sent directly to the ISDH Laboratory.

  • Please contact the ISDH health care provider line at 844-257-0052 to evaluate suspect cases prior to submitting specimens. Only authorized specimens will be tested.
  • Also please contact Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health (DOH):8:00 am to 4:30 pm 341-2099 and after hours 449-7661
  • For technical information on specimen collection and shipping, please contact the ISDH Laboratory hotline at 317- 921-5511.

PPE Supplies:  http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1107-ebola-ppe.html
The CDC has ordered $2.7 million in personal protective equipment (PPE) to increase Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) supplies to assist U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients. Products are being configured into 50 kits that can be rapidly delivered to hospitals. Each kit can provide the PPE needed by clinical teams to manage the care of one Ebola patient for up to five days.
Purchases are based on PPE guidance for caring for Ebola patients that was issued by CDC on October 20. As product is delivered to SNS facilities, it is assembled into kits by SNS personnel. The kits can be rapidly delivered from the SNS as requested to those hospitals that receive suspected or confirmed Ebola cases but may need additional PPE supplies that otherwise are not immediately available. Purchases include impermeable gowns, coveralls, and aprons; boot covers; gloves; face shields and hoods; N95 respirators; powered-air purifying respirator systems and ancillaries; and disinfecting wipes. 

Web Based Training from CDC on Donning and Doffing PPEZ
http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/ppe-training/index.html 

Global Case Update

Total Cases: 14,413
Total Deaths: 5,177

Questions call Deb McMahan, MD