Ebola Watch: What would you do if you were the one making precautionary decisions?

Many people have gone a little bit overboard in their judgement about who should be doing what, when someone made a mistake in terms of diagnostics or quarantine, and what health officials should do next. Well it’s not so simple when you are the one actually there, with patients, and a lot is on the […]

Many people have gone a little bit overboard in their judgement about who should be doing what, when someone made a mistake in terms of diagnostics or quarantine, and what health officials should do next.

Well it’s not so simple when you are the one actually there, with patients, and a lot is on the line. NPR News has put together a list of scenarios and gives you the chance to think for yourself, “In this situation, what would I do?”

An example of one situation is:

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A young man in his 20s shows up at the treatment center and asks to be tested for EVD. He appears anxious and reports a history of headache, abdominal pain and diarrhea for the past 6 weeks with a notion of mild fever at the onset for 1-2 days. A thorough review reveals no history of contact with persons with EVD. He is presently afebrile [without fever].

How would you manage this patient?

Check out all of the examples here, along with what the IMAI-IMCI Alliance manual would say you should do in such a situation and what the main teaching point is.

Other news:

Trials for new 15-minute Ebola test begin in West Africa: Researchers developing the 15-minute Ebola test say it is six times faster than similar ones currently in use and, if it proves successful, could help medical staff identify and isolate confirmed Ebola patients faster and start treating them sooner.

Test results expected today for two children in England: The children had shown viral symptoms and spent time in Africa. They are also undergoing tests for malaria. Public Health England, which admitted it was uncertain where in Africa they came from and when they arrived in the UK, said it was “unlikely” they had Ebola.

Male Ebola survivors should not have sex for 3 months: The World Health Organization shared this message via Twitter today to remind people that the virus stays alive much longer in semen that it does in blood or other fluids.