Emergencies preparedness, response

Personal protective equipment for use in a filovirus disease outbreak

Rapid advice guideline

Authors:
World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 53
Publication date: November 2016
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 154972 1

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Overview

Filoviruses (Ebola and Marburg) are highly contagious pathogens, which cause severe and often fatal illness in humans. Health workers are at increased risk of infection with these viruses because of their close and prolonged contact with severely ill patients with a high viral load.

The risk of transmission of Ebola virus can be reduced if appropriate measures are taken, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The urgent need for clear standards for PPE use became acutely apparent during the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in certain western African countries in 2013 – 2016.

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