Ebola disease: Infection prevention and control in hospital and community settings

Saurabh R Shrivastava, Prateek S Shrivastava, Jegadeesh Ramasamy


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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the 2014 outbreak of Ebola virus as an international public health emergency.[1] This outbreak originated in Guinea in the month of March, and gradually involved five nations in the West Africa (viz. Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo).[2] The outbreak was caused by the Zaire species of Ebola virus which is generally associated with high case fatality rate.[3] The disease estimates suggest that the magnitude of the Ebola virus disease was way beyond the previous similar outbreaks and magnitude, and has grown at an exponential rate, with the number of new cases getting doubled every 20–30 days.[4,5] Ebola virus belongs ..........



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