Ensuring On-site Ebola Patient Monitoring and Follow-up: Development of a Laboratory Structure Embedded in an Ebola Treatment Center

Anita Williams*, Mathieu Amand, Rafael Van Den Bergh, Hilde De Clerck, Annick Antierens, Pascale Chaillet

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Abstract

The capacity to rapidly distinguish Ebola virus disease from other infectious diseases and to monitor biochemistry and viremia levels is crucial to the clinical management of suspected Ebola virus disease cases. This article describes the design and practical considerations of a laboratory straddling the high-and low-risk zones of an Ebola treatment center to produce timely diagnostic and clinical results for informed case management of Ebola virus disease in real-life conditions. This innovation may be of relevance for actors requiring flexible laboratory implementation in contexts of high-communicability, high-lethality disease outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1028-1034
Number of pages7
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Volume13
Issue number5-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • disease outbreaks
  • Ebola virus
  • laboratories
  • outbreak response
  • patient monitoring

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