Submitted on Tue, 2015-02-24
By SMART Health Claims
CDC Releases New Ebola Screening Policies

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) Public Health Law Program, and the Office of the Associate Director for Policy compiled an Interim Table of State Ebola Screening and Monitoring Policies for Asymptomatic IndividualsView Table>

CDC Ebola Screening and Monitoring Policies for Asymptomatic Individuals

 

For local health professionals, understanding screening and monitoring procedures is essential to isolating the impact of Ebola. One weak link in the chain could continue the spread of the virus. In an interview with Upp Technology, Kristin Short from Houston HHS highlighted the two most important things public health professionals can do in preparing for an Ebola response.

 

“There are two things every health department needs in preparation for Ebola. First, ensure everybody knows the protocol for responding to a potential Ebola case by getting on the same page with departments and organizations throughout your community. Second, have the processes in place so that all decision makers of the Ebola response meet frequently to talk through all the contingency plans for the potential outbreak.”

— Kristin Short, Bureau Chief, Public Health Preparedness at the Houston Department of Health and Human Services

 

The most important ways local health departments can help prepare for the Ebola virus are:

  • review healthcare system preparedness,
  • educate and train responders,
  • educate doctors,
  • educate the public,
  • and to stay alert.

 

Read other posts about Local Public Health and Ebola:

 

An earlier version of this blog post was revised at the request of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [updated 2/27/2015, 10:28 a.m.]