Active Tracing and Monitoring of Contacts Associated With the First Cluster of Ebola in the United States, free abstract published by the Annals of Internal Medicine. 05/26/15

Addressing Needs of Contacts of Ebola Patients During an Investigation of an Ebola Cluster in the United States — Dallas, Texas, 2014, published in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 02/13/2015 

01/30/15 The Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees presented Presidential Awards to DCMS, Dr. Wendy Chung, Dr. John Carlo, and Dr. David Lakey, Texas Commissioner of Health for their work throughout the Ebola Virus crisis. Accepting the award on behalf of DCMS is Michael Darrouzet, DCMS CEO. Very proud of all these great physicians and the DCMS team. Thank you TMA!

In September 2014, a patient hospitalized in Dallas County was confirmed to have Ebola infection, through testing performed at the CDC and state laboratories. This was the first imported case of Ebola to have been diagnosed in the United States. Ebola is spread through direct contact with blood, secretions or other bodily fluids or exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles. It cannot be spread simply by being near someone who is infected. People only become contagious after they begin to have symptoms.

DCMS physicians representing two committees — Community Emergency Response and Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship — have provided the following answers to commonly asked questions about Ebola. 

Information for Physicians  |  Information for the Public  |  DCMS Members in the Media 

Information for Physicians

Clinical Resources

10/31/2014 Ambulatory Care Evaluation of Patients with Possible Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola), published by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10/29/2014 UPDATED Texas DSHS Ebola Testing Algorithm

10/26/2014 Updated CDC Guidance: Monitoring Symptoms and Controlling Movement to Stop Spread of Ebola

10/20/2014 Did you miss the Oct. 20 Tele-Town Hall Meeting on Ebola? Read Q&A from the meeting.

10/16/2014 Ebola Fact Sheet created by DCMS and Texas Medical Association (TMA)

10/16/2014 CDC’s UPDATED Checklist for Patients Being Evaluated for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

10/12/2014 DCMS leaders update on Ebola situation for DCMS members, in response to the positive diagnosis of a healthcare worker.

Scientific Research

New England Journal of Medicine's Ebola Outbreak Resource Page

10/16/2014 New England Journal of Medicine: Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

New York State/New York City Laboratory Guidelines for Handling Specimens from Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Ebola Virus Disease

10/14/2014 PLOS Currents Outbreaks On the Quarantine Period for Ebola Virus

BioMed Central Public Health 2012 Guidance for contact tracing of cases of Lassa fever, Ebola or Marburg haemorrhagic fever on an airplane: results of a European expert consultation

The Lancet Journal, Vol 377, March 5, 2011 Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever

©Springer-Verlag (outside the USA) 2010 Sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation of Lassa, vaccinia, and Ebola viruses dried on surfaces

© US Government 2010 Persistence in darkness of virulent alphaviruses, Ebola virus, and Lassa virus deposited on solid surfaces

Journal of Infectious Diseases 2007 Assessment of the Risk of Ebola Virus Transmission from Bodily Fluids and Fomites

Journal of Infectious Diseases Transmission of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: A Study of Risk Factors in Family Members, Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1995

Journal of Infectious Diseases Clinical, Virologic, and Immunologic Follow-Up of Convalescent Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Patients and Their Household Contacts, Kikwit, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health Advisories

11/24/2014 Official CDC Health Advisory: Enhanced Airport Entry Screening and Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for People Traveling to the United States from Mali

11/14/2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Ebola Virus Disease Cluster in the US - Dallas County, Texas, 2014

10/2/2014 CDC Health Advisory - Evaluating Patients for Possible Ebola Virus Disease: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

10/1/2014 Texas Department of State Health Services Health Alert on Ebola Virus in Texas

09/30/2014 DCHHS Health Advisory (#4): Ebola Virus Disease
A patient hospitalized in Dallas County was confirmed to have Ebola infection this afternoon, through testing performed at the CDC and state laboratories. This is the first imported case of Ebola to have been diagnosed in the United States.

08/27/14 DCHHS Health Advisory Update: Ebola Testing
Dallas County Health & Human Services has updated the algorithm to assist with testing and monitoring of patients with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). DCHHS has also provided physicians with a new "Screening Questionnaire" tool for exposure assessment. This questionnaire can be found on the second page of the linked PDF.

The algorithm and questionnaire were developed as a tools for area clinicians who may be evaluating patients with compatible risk factors and symptoms. Please note that this interim guidance is subject to change due to the evolving situation. This update replaces previous versions from 8/7/14 and 8/11/14, and incorporates new CDC guidance which has been released.

For more information, including recently updated guidance documents, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

Ebola Resource Pages

Texas Medical Association Ebola Virus Resource Center

American Medical Association Ebola Resource Center

Texas Department of State Health Services Ebola Resource Page

Centers for Disease Control Ebola Virus Disease Resource Page

Texas Health Resources—What You Need to Know about Ebola Disease Exposure

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Information for the Public

For Patients

TMA released a video, Why You're Not At All Very Likely to “Catch” Ebola, featuring Robert Haley, MD, director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Internal Medicine Department at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. 

10/22/2014 Dallas Medical Resource ad in Dallas Morning News: A Message in Support of Our Health Care Community

10/16/2014 DCMS and Texas Medical Association's (TMA) Ebola Fact Sheet

DCMS physicians answer commonly asked questions about Ebola.

TMA answers the question,"What is Ebola?"

10/8/2014 DCMS Assessment of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Risk of Exposure to the Ebola Virus—Christine Gorman, editor of health and medicine for Scientific American, wrote an editorial praising Dallas County elected officials for their reasonable actions.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has an on-demand webinar reviewing the US healthcare system's preparedness to handle Ebola patients.

For Parents

10/12/2014 Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has provided an Ebola FAQ in both English and Spanish.

10/2/2014 WFAA News: DCMS provided "5 things parents need to know about Ebola" for concerned parents of DISD students.

Press Releases

11/05/2014 DCMS Press Release: Dallas Physicians Support Facts Over Fear: Don’t Quarantine Healthcare Workers Who Care For Ebola Patients

10/17/2014 AMA News Release: Joint statement from the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association

10/17/2014 DCMS Press Release: DCMS Physicians: Don't Close Schools Because of Ebola Fears

10/8/2014 DCMS Press Release: DCMS has agreed to partner with DCHHS to provide scientific information about Ebola 

09/30/2014 Public Statement from DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson on First US Diagnosed Ebola Case

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DCMS Members in the Media

Addressing Needs of Contacts of Ebola Patients During an Investigation of an Ebola Cluster in the United States — Dallas, Texas, 2014, published in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 02/13/2015

9 Texas districts, most in Dallas area, spent nearly $117,000 during Ebola scare, published in the Dallas Morning News. 01/20/2015

Trial By Ebola featuring DCMS member Dr. Wendy Chung, published in Vanity Fair. 02/2015

Special Message from DCMS President Todd Pollock, MD—“Fact, Not Fear10/16/2014

For Presbyterian, honor is an op-ed written by DCMS President, Todd Pollock, MD, and published in the Dallas Morning News.10/28/2014

60 Minutes presents Treating Ebola: Inside the First U.S. Diagnosis 10/26/2014

WFAA's Janet St James goes one-on-one with Presbyterian Hospital doctor,Dr. Gary Weinstein. 10/18/2014

USA Today mentions DCMS' work in the community as a response to the Ebola situation in Dallas. 10/16/2014

Dr. John Carlo helped WFAA launch their #FactsNotFear campaign with another live chat. 10/16/2014

DCMS President Todd Pollock, MD, joined Drs. John Carlo and Robert Haley to host a town hall meeting about Ebola. Channel 8 anchor John McCaa moderated the discussion, which also featured former CDC director and ABC News reporter Richard Besser, MD. 10/15/2014

Dr. Robert Haley is interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper regarding the hospital's handling of Dallas' first Ebola patient. 10/14/2014

#AskDCMS - DCMS physicians participated in a one-hour, live Twitter chat on Tuesday to answer the public's questions about the Ebola virus. This event was covered live by NBCDFW Channel 5. 10/14/2014

Dr. John Carlo, the chair of the Dallas County Medical Society's Community Emergency Response Team, joined News 8 at 4 Tuesday to attempt to ease public fears about the Ebola virus and the chance of an outbreak in Dallas.10/14/2014

Dr. John Carlo and Penn State University assistant professor Gavin MacGregor-Skinner join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss if the Dallas health system is equipped to treat Ebola patients. 10/13/2014

DCMS member Andy Kahn, MD, spoke on Korean television station Krobkruakao 3 about Ebola in Dallas. His interview starts around 3:15.10/12/2014

DCMS member Ed Dominguez, MD, wrote a blog post on the importance of providing scientific information about Ebola. 10/08/2014

Robert W. Haley, MD, gave an interview to KERA radio in Dallas. 10/02/2014

DCMS provided an Ebola fact sheet for concerned parents of DISD students. 10/02/2014

John T. Carlo, MD, chair of DCMS' Community Emergency Response committee, answered questions from the community in a live chat on WFAA's website and news broadcast. 10/01/2014

Robert W. Haley, MD, former DCMS President and infectious disease specialist, appeared with Krys Boyd on KERA's THINK to discuss Dallas' Ebola situation. 10/01/2014

Longtime DCMS member John Bertrand, MD, was profiled by WFAA for his calming demeanor that eased the fears of his OB/GYN patients at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. 10/01/2014

Edward Goodman, MD, cochair of DCMS’ Infection Prevention and Control committee and epidemiologist at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, called into a national press conference concerning the Ebola patient. 10/01/2014

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