Ebola Prevention in 2016
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) Division of Disease Control is continuing its assessment related to healthcare associated infection (HAIs) prevention which has prioritized the Ebola in 2016. The Division of Disease Control assessment team is working directly with healthcare facilities in the state by conducting field visits, sharing the assessment tools and recommendations on general infection control practices with a focus on Ebola and other emerging and highly infectious diseases of public health significance.
According to the WHO worldwide, there have been 28,639 cases of Ebola virus disease and 11,316 deaths at 28 February 2016.
What lessen we have learned for the recent Ebola outbreak? As Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mentioned to Times magazine last year, we have learned three main lessons in the Ebola epidemic. First of all, every single country needs a strong system to find and stop threats. When countries are overwhelmed, the world needs to be able to surge in rapidly. Third, infection control in hospitals has to get better.
The unprecedented epidemic of Ebola virus disease (Ebola) in West Africa highlights the need for stronger systems for disease surveillance, response, and prevention worldwide related to emerging or re- emerging infections.