The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It is important to know the facts about Ebola and to be prepared for it. This is a compilation of resources prepared by the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention OSAP), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).
The risk of an Ebola transmission in a dental healthcare setting is extremely low. It is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. Unlike other, more common viruses such as influenza and measles, a person with Ebola is only contagious when they have symptoms.
- CDC: Guide to Infection Prevention for Outpatient Settings: Minimum Expectations for Safe Care
- CDC: 2007 Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Ebola Resource Page
- The College Dental Surgeons of British Columbia Ebola Resource Page
- Canadian Medical Association Ebola Resource Page
- American Medical Association Ebola Resource Page
- American Dental Association Ebola Resource Page
- Ebola Basics HTML PDF
- What you need to know about Ebola
- Signs and symptoms of Ebola
- How to prevent Ebola
- Ebola transmission
- Difference between infections spread through the air and those spread by droplets