Interventions to Control Virus Transmission During an Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Experience from Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/19312
Title:
Interventions to Control Virus Transmission During an Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Experience from Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995.
Authors:
Kerstiëns, B; Matthys, F
Journal:
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
Abstract:
On 6 May 1995, the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) coordinator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), received a request for assistance for what was believed to be a concurrent outbreak of bacillary dysentery and viral hemorrhagic fever (suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever [EHF]) in the town of Kikwit, DRC. On 11 May, the MSF intervention team assessed Kikwit General Hospital. This initial assessment revealed a nonfunctional isolation ward for suspected EHF cases; a lack of water and electricity; no waste disposal system; and no protective gear for medical staff. The priorities set by MSF were to establish a functional isolation ward to deal with EHF and to distribute protective supplies to individuals who were involved with patient care. Before the intervention, 67 health workers contracted EHF; after the initiation of control measures, just 3 cases were reported among health staff and none among Red Cross volunteers involved in body burial.
Affiliation:
Médecins sans Frontières, Brussels, Belgium. bkerstie@jhsph.edu
Publisher:
Published by Infectious Diseases Society of America
Issue Date:
Feb-1999
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/19312
PubMed ID:
9988193
Additional Links:
http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jid
Language:
en
ISSN:
0022-1899
Appears in Collections:
Health Politics

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorKerstiëns, B-
dc.contributor.authorMatthys, F-
dc.date.accessioned2008-02-28T11:09:04Z-
dc.date.available2008-02-28T11:09:04Z-
dc.date.issued1999-02-
dc.identifier.citationInterventions to Control Virus Transmission During an Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Experience from Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995. 1999, 179 Suppl 1:S263-7 J. Infect. Dis.en
dc.identifier.issn0022-1899-
dc.identifier.pmid9988193-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/19312-
dc.description.abstractOn 6 May 1995, the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) coordinator in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), received a request for assistance for what was believed to be a concurrent outbreak of bacillary dysentery and viral hemorrhagic fever (suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever [EHF]) in the town of Kikwit, DRC. On 11 May, the MSF intervention team assessed Kikwit General Hospital. This initial assessment revealed a nonfunctional isolation ward for suspected EHF cases; a lack of water and electricity; no waste disposal system; and no protective gear for medical staff. The priorities set by MSF were to establish a functional isolation ward to deal with EHF and to distribute protective supplies to individuals who were involved with patient care. Before the intervention, 67 health workers contracted EHF; after the initiation of control measures, just 3 cases were reported among health staff and none among Red Cross volunteers involved in body burial.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherPublished by Infectious Diseases Society of America-
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jid-
dc.rightsArchived on this site with permission and copyright 200X by the Infectious Diseases Society of Americaen
dc.subject.meshBurialen
dc.subject.meshCross Infectionen
dc.subject.meshDemocratic Republic of the Congoen
dc.subject.meshDisease Outbreaksen
dc.subject.meshHemorrhagic Fever, Ebolaen
dc.subject.meshHospitals, Generalen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshInfection Controlen
dc.subject.meshPatient Isolationen
dc.subject.meshPersonnel, Hospitalen
dc.subject.meshRed Crossen
dc.titleInterventions to Control Virus Transmission During an Outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Experience from Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995.en
dc.contributor.departmentMédecins sans Frontières, Brussels, Belgium. bkerstie@jhsph.eduen
dc.identifier.journalThe Journal of Infectious Diseasesen

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