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<< Ebola Virus Disease: Epidemiology, Clinical Presentation, and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Modalities (Pharmacology CME)

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Key Points

Key Points

  • Consider EVD in children who present with fever and nonspecific symptoms who have traveled to an endemic area or have had exposure to someone who has.
  • Ask parents and patients about relevant symptoms and pay close attention to physical examination findings that are consistent with a diagnosis of EVD.
  • Early recognition is crucial to minimizing staff and healthcare worker exposure; ensure that everyone who comes in contact with suspected cases dons appropriate PPE.
  • Be sure to consider common childhood febrile illnesses, as well as other febrile tropical diseases, in your differential diagnosis.
  • Immediately initiate appropriate precautions (including airborne precautions) for all patients with suspected EVD.25
  • Remember the importance of fluid resuscitation and supportive therapies in patients suspected of having EVD.
  • When ordering laboratory testing, include tests that are specific to EVD as well as studies to exclude other common diagnoses, such as typhoid fever, malaria, and influenza.
 
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Publication Information
Authors

Marlie Dulaurier, MD;Katherine Moyer, DO;Rebecca Wallihan, MD

Publication Date

July 2, 2016

CME Expiration Date

August 2, 2019

CME Credits

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAFP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits.
Specialty CME Credits: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 0.5 Pharmacology CME credits

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