Ebola Virus Disease
11/19/2014
AANP President Dr. Kasra Pournadeali and AANP Past-President Dr. Michael Traub
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
by: AANP President Dr. Kasra Pournadeali and AANP Past-President Dr. Michael Traub

Section: President's Column




Many questions have emerged pertaining to how naturopathic physicians should deal with the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Your national association wants you to be aware of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as provide two examples of how to triage suspected patients with Ebola infection. 
 
Think EVD if:
  • The patient has a travel history to Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.
  • The patient has history of exposure to a person with Ebola.
Clinics should have a plan of action. Below are two examples.

One, if triaging an acutely ill patient by phone who has symptoms consistent with EVD (fever with headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage) ask:
  • Have you been to West Africa?
  • Have you been in contact with someone infected with EVD who has traveled to West Africa in the past 21 days?
If yes to either question, have the patient stay where they are, and quarantine him/herself, then call your Local Health Department and ask them to meet the patient where they are.
 
Two, if triaging a patient in your office who has symptoms consistent with EVD (fever with headache, weakness, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or hemorrhage) ask:
  • Have you been to West Africa?
  • Have you been in contact with someone infected with EVD who has traveled to West Africa in the past 21 days?
If yes to either question, isolate the patient in a private room (with a separate bathroom so movement is minimized) and contact the Local Health Department where a trained medical professional should complete further screening.

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