Ebola Resources … and a book recommendation


Ebola_virus_particlesI had decided that I wasn’t going to blog about Ebola because frankly, I feel the media coverage has been over the top and created an unnecessary public panic. But just this morning, I received a text from my son informing me that his university had created an Ebola Task Force. Wow, ok. So, here’s me … succumbing to peer pressure.

As health professionals, I am confident that you are aware of how the Ebola virus is transmitted … and conversely how it is NOT transmitted. According to a WHO news release, the live Ebola virus has never been found in sweat and only in the┬ásaliva of people in the advanced stages of the disease.

The following resources have include not only transmission information but also information on PPE guideline updates, risk of exposure, treatment, situation reports, maps, clinical trials, and … really everything you wanted to know about Ebola (and probably more).

If you are looking for a good read about the Ebola virus, check out The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. It is located in the library: RC 140.5 .P74 1995. It is about the initial outbreak of Ebola and its appearance in the United States just outside of Washington, D.C.




Photo courtesy of “Ebola virus particles” by Thomas W. Geisbert, Boston University School of Medicine – PLoS Pathogens, November 2008 direct link to the image description page doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1000225. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ebola_virus_particles.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Ebola_virus_particles.jpg