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Special Feature: Progress in High-Level Isolation for the Care of Patients with High-Consequence Infectious Diseases

Matthew P. Shearer, Eric S. Toner
Date posted:
February 19, 2019
Publication type:
Health Secur 2019;17(1)
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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December 2018 marked the fifth anniversary of the start of the worst Ebola epidemic in recorded history. The epidemic spread rapidly from rural villages in Guinea to major cities across West Africa,1 ultimately resulting in 28,652 cases and 11,325 deaths across 10 countries,2 including the first known transmission of Ebola virus infection outside of Africa.3 Despite the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) in August 2014,4 the international response lagged. The epidemic peaked in October 2014,5 but another 20 months passed before WHO issued its final declaration of the end of the epidemic in June 2016.6 Even before the official end of the epidemic, WHO announced major organizational and operational reforms in response to the challenges faced during the global epidemic response,7,8 and public health and healthcare organizations around the world, including those that treated Ebola virus disease (EVD) patients, initiated efforts to increase preparedness for Ebola and other high-consequence infectious diseases (HCIDs).



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