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Ebola virus disease

Information for Health Professionals

While the risk of importation of Ebola virus into California remains very low, infectious diseases can be introduced by returning California residents and global travelers visiting the state. Specifically, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regularly receives reports of malaria, dengue, hepatitis A, measles, enteric illness, and a variety of other illnesses among persons with a history of international travel. Thus, it is essential that healthcare providers in hospitals, emergency departments and clinics, or emergency medical systems, routinely ask patients with acute and possibly infectious illness about recent travel. This information is also critical to implementing appropriate infection control procedures in all settings, and for all infectious diseases, including Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).  

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If there is suspicion of EVD in a patient based on travel history and clinical presentation, healthcare providers should take specific precautions to immediately isolate the patient in a private room with an in-room bathroom or covered bedside commode. Importantly, healthcare providers should rapidly notify their local health department.

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Information for Laboratories

Ebola virus testing is available at CDPH and other public health labs in California, as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Any testing performed in California requires approval from CDPH and the CDC. If a healthcare provider requests testing, laboratorians should immediately notify the Local Health Department.  

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