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An outbreak inside an epidemic: managing an infectious disease outbreak while treating Ebola.

Horne, Simon and Forbes, K and Burns, Daniel S and Tuck, Jjh (2017) An outbreak inside an epidemic: managing an infectious disease outbreak while treating Ebola. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 163 (1). pp. 7-12. ISSN 0035-8665. This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Official URL: http://jramc.bmj.com/content/163/1/7.long

Abstract

Even in the middle of an epidemic of a very serious illness, outbreaks of other infectious diseases will continue. Clinicians need to be able to make rapid decisions about the nature of the outbreak and how to manage it. A balance needs to be struck between managing all patients as if they have the worst-case scenario illness and the resultant risks to themselves, their colleagues and the mission. This paper reviews basic epidemiological tools that inform robust decision-making in the management of such outbreaks. It then describes how a pragmatic approach, combined with effective use of these techniques, rapid diagnostics and remote specialist support, allowed a large outbreak of gastroenteritis to be safely and effectively managed during the response to the Ebola virus disease epidemic in Sierra Leone.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available to all HEFT staff and students via ASK Discovery tool http://tinyurl.com/z795c8c by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases
WC Communicabable diseases > WC680 Tropical medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2017 15:50
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 15:50
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/1431

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