Podcast # 510: Ebola

Podcast # 510: Ebola

Author: John Winkler, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • There is a new outbreak of Ebola in The Congo. This is likely due to civil war and rebel attacks on healthcare workers in the area. 
  • Ebola is now spreading from the Congo into neighboring Uganda, but vaccination efforts are staving off the spread across the border 
  • Early symptoms of Ebola are similar to the flu
  • Spread occurs through close contact with bodily fluids. Proper PPE is required when treating patients with suspected ebola 

References

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/ebola-democratic-republic-of-the-congo

https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/symptoms/index.html

Malvy D, McElroy AK, de Clerck H, Günther S, van Griensven J. Ebola virus disease. Lancet. 2019 Mar 2;393(10174):936-948. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33132-5. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Music credit: “Smooth Lovin” by Kevin MacLoed (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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