WHO: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance

who3Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever in Health-Care Settings, with Focus on Ebola

This document provides a summary of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures for those providing direct and non-direct care to patients with suspected or confirmed cases of Filovirus haemorrhagic fever (HF), including Ebola or Marburg haemorrhagic fevers, in health care facilities (HCFs). It also includes some instructions and directions for those managing the implementation of infection prevention and control activities. These measures should be applied not only by health care professionals but by anyone in direct contact with patients (e.g., visitors, family members, volunteers), as well as by those not in contact with patients but potentially exposed to the virus through contact with the environment (e.g., cleaners, laundry, house-keepers, security).

This document represents a rapid update of the WHO 2008 “Interim Infection Control Recommendations for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus (Ebola, Marburg) Haemorrhagic Fever”. This update is based upon review of WHO and other international reference documents being used in the current Ebola outbreak (see references) and consensus from international experts.

The appendixes are one to two page summaries with simple instructions and graphics for: how to put on and remove personal protective equipment; how to preform hand rub and hand wash; how to put on and remove gloves; how to produce locally a hand rub; and how to create recommended solutions for environmental disinfection.

Beth Mallalieu

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