Standard Operating Procedures for Contact Tracing and Follow Up During Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Contact tracing is an integral component of active surveillance during Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak. Contact tracing is defined as the identification and follow up of persons who may have come into contact with an infected person. Early detection and prompt isolation of new EVD cases is requisite for interrupting secondary transmission of Ebola virus in the community. Immediate evacuation of potentially infectious individuals who have signs and symptoms of the disease from the community prevents high-risk exposures during home-based care, other social activities, and subsequent customary burial procedures. During EVD outbreak, all potential contacts to suspected, probable and confirmed cases should be systemically identified and put under observation for 21 days (the maximum incubation period of the Ebola virus) from the last day of contact. Contact tracing is therefore one of the most effective outbreak containment measures that must be implemented prudently."

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