The purpose of this pocketbook is to provide clear guidance on current best management practices for VHF across health-care facilities
The Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever (FHF) Guideline gives a short explanation and overview of all intervention strategy components needed during a Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) intervention in Marburg and Ebola viral haemorrhagic fever outbreaks.
It is a practical summary of the MSF Ebola & Marburg Outbreak Control Guidance Manual, 2007 version 2.0, with the ‘lessons learned’ added from the Ebola outbreaks in 2007 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
It is useful as preparation for MSF expatriates and national staff going to work in an intervention, while the Guidance Manual will remain the exclusive ‘Guidance’ to provide all detailed information needed to implement and continue the intervention strategies and activities.
Any remarks or comments are welcome to be able to update, adapt and improve the guidelines according to the needs and evolution of Ebola and Marburg interventions.
This document provides a summary of infection control recommendations when providing direct and non-direct care to patients with suspected or confirmed Filovirus haemorrhagic fever (HF), including Ebola or Marburg haemorrhagic fevers. These recommendations are interim and will be updated when additional information becomes available.
The latest clinical information about the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of viral haemorrhagic fevers, published in the well-known medical textbook ‘Manson’s Tropical Diseases’, has been made freely available by the publisher.
The chapter is aimed at doctors around the world treating patients with all types of viral haemorrhagic fevers. These include Ebola, Margburg fever, Lassa fever, Lujo haemorrhagic fever, South American haemorrhagic fevers and Bunyavirus diseases including Rift Valley fever and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever.
Reproduced from: Farrar J et al. Manson’s Tropical Diseases. 23rd edn. Elsevier; 2014. Chapter 16: Blumberg L et al. Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers. pp. 171-94. © 2014, with permission from Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7020-5102-9
Important Guideline for Ebola prevention and control
It is designed for the following uses:
- for prevention through preparedness--to help African health facilities make advance preparations for responding with appropriate precautions when a VHF (including Ebola) case is suspected.
- for planning and conducting in-service training to strengthen standard precautions and VHF isolation precautions.
- as a rapid reference when a VHF (i.e. Ebola) case appears at a health facility where no previous VHF preparations have been made.