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[Correspondence] Ebola control measures and inadequate responses

27 Sep 2014

The title “Is respiratory protection appropriate in the Ebola response?” suggests that a critically important hypothesis regarding transmission of Ebola will be discussed. Instead, in their Letter, the authors assert that direct contact precautions advocated by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are sufficient, and argue against more conservative infection control measures. Despite their insistence that conservative respiratory precautions are not needed, such measures are publicly and repeatedly shown during the repatriation of infected health-care workers to specially equipped medical centres, rather than to any hospital practising direct contact precautions, reinforcing a serious inconsistency between recommendations and practice.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet