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Use of multiplex PCR to rapidly diagnose febrile patients during a gastroenteritis outbreak among Ebola virus treatment unit workers.

Evans, Tom O and Fominyam, T and Matthews, S W and Bailey, M S and Hutley, E J (2017) Use of multiplex PCR to rapidly diagnose febrile patients during a gastroenteritis outbreak among Ebola virus treatment unit workers. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 163 (1). pp. 73-75. ISSN 0035-8665. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.

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Abstract

Multiplex PCR can provide rapid diagnosis for patients presenting with an acute undifferentiated febrile illness. Such technology is useful in deployed settings, where access to conventional microbiological diagnosis is limited. It was used in Sierra Leone to guide management of febrile healthcare workers, in whom Ebola virus disease was a possible cause. In particular, it informed appropriate antibiotic treatment while minimising the risk to clinicians of exposure to the causative organism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK HEFT Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c using their HEFT Athens Login.
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
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Depositing User: Mr Philip O'Reilly
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 13:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 13:26
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1342

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