Transmission of Ebolavirus in USA

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Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

A nurse in Dallas has been diagnosed with Ebola. Nina Pham cared for Thomas Duncan, the man who traveled to Texas from Liberia and subsequently died. The circumstances of transmission in this case is similar to that of the Spanish assistant nurse, Teresa Romero, who acquired Ebolavirus when nursing a patient in Madrid in that no gross breaches of infection control protocol have been identified. Training in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for Teresa was evidently very brief - See strory here.

In Dallas Nina has now been treated using blood of a USA physician who survived Ebola after being treated with Z-Map. Report here.

Ebolavirus is highly infectious and present in all bodily fluids as the disease becomes more severe. For an excellent video of the personal protective equipment donning and doffing protocol used for Ebola - see here.

Although experts may blame nurses and other clinicians for not following protocols that have worked in previous outbreaks, does this strain of Ebolavirus transmit more readily than previous strains?

Posted Rick Speare