|Ebola and Enterovirus D68 Update|
In the face of the first case of Ebola virus in the US, and the ongoing threat of Enterovirus D68, UCAOA is vigilant in monitoring recommendations from the CDC and other Federal agencies in an effort to keep our members well informed and armed with the information to educate staff and patients. Please check back often for updated information.
At this time, there is no cause for alarm nor is there a need to radically change infection control procedures. Universal Precautions to include a gown, facemask with shield, and gloves are acceptable when evaluating patients for possible Ebola virus infection and expected exposure to body fluids is likely. A careful history should be obtained and those with high risk including travel within the past 21 days to known Ebola areas (Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea) should be isolated and transferred to the nearest appropriate hospital. Any patients that call the urgent care center can be screened, and if high risk, should be directed to the emergency department and not the urgent care center.
Additional Resources for Urgent Care Clinicians and Front Line Staff:
Enterovirus D68 causes flu-like upper respiratory symptoms and appears to be more serious in the very young and those with underlying respiratory illness such as asthma or cystic fibrosis. Adults may have minor or no symptoms. Routine testing is not recommended and there is no specific treatment. Any child with an upper respiratory infection with respiratory distress or hypoxia should be referred to the emergency department.