Ebola virus disease (EVD) Information for Health Professionals
If evaluating a patient suspected to have Ebola virus disease, call the Minnesota Department of Health at 651-201-5414.
Suspect EVD patients must have:
- Travel to/residence in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria in the 21 days before symptom onset
- Exposure history (e.g., direct contact with blood or other body fluids of a person known to have or suspected to have EVD or bat/primate contact)
- Current symptoms compatible with Ebola: fever (> 38.6 C or 101.5 F) and other symptoms (e.g. severe headache, myalgia, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage)
- Evaluate the patient for other diseases endemic to the region as clinically indicated (e.g. malaria, typhoid, etc.)
- Health Advisory: Evaluation Guidelines of Minnesota Patients Suspected of Having Ebola (PDF: 164KB/3 pages)
August 4, 2014
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Patients with Suspected Infection with Ebola Virus Disease
Attention non-MDH link.
- Follow standard laboratory procedures for performing diagnostic tests.
Infection Control Measures
- Ebola: Recommended Infection Control Measures
Recommended infection control measures for Ebola.
- Ebola Fever: Reconciling Ebola Planning With Ebola Risk in U.S. Hospitals
Ann Intern Med. Published online 21 August 2014 Attn: Non-MDH link.