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Is Ebola still scary?

Hospital Safety Insider, March 19, 2015

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You thought it was safe to forget about Ebola, didn't you? Not so fast, say experts.

It’s true that the media hype surrounding the killer virus that made its debut in U.S. hospitals in October 2014 has all but disappeared since the last case in our country in November. And with no new cases of Ebola on our shores in the last six months, it’s tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and believe, or hope, that’s the threat of new infections is gone for good.

Don’t fall for that temptation. Infection control experts say it’s only a matter of luck that no new cases have occurred in U.S. hospitals. Although new protocols and PPE standards developed during the 2014 outbreak may have better prepared hospital staff to deal with patients, the virus is still ravaging parts of the African continent, and without travel bans in place, it still only takes an airplane ride for an Ebola patient to wind up in your emergency department.

This is an excerpt from an article in Briefings on Hospital Safety. Visit here to log in or subscribe.

 



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