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August 10, 2014
Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in US Healthcare Settings
for the August 10 clinical updates from the CDC.
August 7, 2014
UPDATED Case Definition for Ebola Virus Disease
for the August 7 case definition from the CDC.
August 6, 2014 -
CDC FAQs: Safe Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in US Hospitals
The August 6 FAQs can be found
. Additional information can be found on the CDC's main webpage for
Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever
August 1, 2014 -
Testing for Suspected Chikungunya and Dengue Virus Infections
The Director of the Laboratory Administration of DHMH issued a memo regarding the availability of testing for suspected travel-associated Chikungunya and Dengue Virus infections and instructions for submission of specimens. Click
to read about the additional option available in Maryland.
June 17, 2014-
MERS Directive from DHMH
On June 16, 2014, Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, issued a directive and order requiring all health care providers and health care facilities to report possible Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases. For more information, see this
from Lucy Wilson, M.D., Sc.M, Chief of the Center for Surveillance, Infection Prevention and Outbreak Response. To see the full text of Secretary Sharfstein's order, click
May 2, 2014 -
MERS-CoV - First Case in US Imported
Today, the CDC announced the first case of MERS-CoV in the US. The CDC's press release related to this case can be found here. The CDC's posted
Interim Guidance for Health Professionals
provides the current US recommendations on who should be evaluated, laboratory testing, infection control, management of contacts, and the definition of a patient under investigation (PUI).
for Maryland-specific guidance on testing was published May 2, 2014 by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
The CDC maintains a
Health Alert Network (HAN)
that health professionals can sign up to directly receive alerts on issues of public health significance.
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