Ebola Lessons for Global Health and PPE Preparedness during Outbreak
- The largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa caused 11,325 deaths.
- It is transmitted from wild animals and spreads through human-to-human mainly by blood and body fluids, caused fatal dehydration and organ failure.
- Inappropriate selection and improper use of PPE are among reasons which caused deaths of medical personnel.
- ULTITEC 2000 and ULTITEC 3000T qualified based on guidance on PPE in CDC Infection Control Program.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared tenth outbreak of Ebola in 40 years on August 2018, which caused 1,630 deaths as of July 2019. While across the border, Ugandan authorities are bracing for possible outbreak of the deadly virus as few travelers died after returning from DRC. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, was first discovered in 1976. The virus is transmitted from wild animals (fruit bats, chimpanzees, monkeys etc.) and spreads through human-to-human transmission. The largest Ebola epidemic ever recorded was the West Africa Outbreak in 2014, which ended with 28,652 suspected cases and 11,325 deaths in 2016.