• Personal Protective Equipment for Filovirus Epidemics: A Call for Better Evidence

      Sprecher, Armand G; Caluwaerts, An; Draper, Mike; Feldmann, Heinz; Frey, Clifford P; Funk, Renée H; Kobinger, Gary; Le Duc, James W; Spiropoulou, Christina; Williams, Warren Jon (Oxford University Press, 2015-03-27)
      Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important part of worker protection during filovirus outbreaks. The need to protect against a highly virulent fluid-borne pathogen in the tropical environment imposes a heat stress on the wearer that is itself a safety risk. No evidence supports the choice of PPE employed in recent outbreaks, and standard testing procedures employed by the protective garment industry do not well simulate filovirus exposure. Further research is needed to determine the appropriate PPE for filoviruses and the heat stress that it imposes.