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Ebola and other Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers

Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs) are a diverse group of animal and human illnesses that are caused by five distinct families of RNA viruses. All types of VHF are characterized by fever and bleeding disorders. Some of the VHF agents cause relatively mild illnesses, while others, such as the Ebola virus, can cause severe, life-threatening disease.

Health Protection Scotland Monthly Ebola Situation Report

Management of Cases

The following is guidance on Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF) from the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP).

Miniguide

Additional Primary Care Guidance

Additional Secondary Care Guidance

Pregnancy

Infection Control and Waste Management

Testing Services

Q&As

Health Protection Scotland has produced a set of Q&As that help explain the way Ebola is transmitted and Scotland’s response to the outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Public Health England have produced a factsheet that helps explain the way Ebola is transmitted and the public health response to the outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Training Resources

Both of the resources below can be accessed on the NHS Education for Scotland website.

Management of the Febrile Traveller

A webinar was presented by Dr Alisdair MacConnachie, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde on 07 October 2014.

The webinar uses case histories to illustrate the common travel associated causes of fever in travellers with particular attention to Viral Haemorrhagic Fever risk assessment.

The learning outcomes of this presentation is to:

  • Understand the common causes of fever in returning travellers.
  • Appropriately investigate and manage febrile travellers.
  • Risk assess travellers of Viral Haemorrhagic Fever and ensure appropriate care of "high risk" patients.

Viral Haemorrhagic Fever (VHF) - The correct order for donning and the safe order for removal and disposal of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

In order to further support the ongoing Viral Haemorrhagic response in Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland/Health Protection Scotland in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Ayrshire and Arran have produced a short film clip (24 minutes) entitled Viral Haemorrhagic Fever - The correct order for donning and the safe order for removal and disposal of Personal Protection Equipment.

There is also a slide set based on the content of the film clip and also a short summary sheet reflecting the steps involved in the donning and removal and disposal processes of PPE in relation to VHF.

Returning Workers

Guidance in Specific Settings

Other guidance for specific settings is available on the Public Health England website

Ports

CMO Letters from the Chief Medical Officer