PDPH: Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Uganda

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health released the following Health Advisory on October 11, 2022:

The CDC has issued an advisory regarding an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Central Uganda to
raise awareness of this outbreak. No suspected, probable, or confirmed EVD cases related to this
outbreak have yet been reported in the United States.

Healthcare providers should be prepared to identify possible cases and have a plan to isolate a
patient until the patient can be transported to an Ebola Treatment Unit. Patients with EVD may
present with fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, GI symptoms and
unexplained bleeding. A travel history should be promptly obtained, and people having traveled to
affected areas in Uganda with compatible symptoms should be placed in a private room. Cases are
currently being identified in Mubende District and four other districts in Central Uganda.

Guidance regarding PPE is available at the CDC’s website. Recommended PPE includes:

  • An impermeable garment (impermeable gown or coverall)
  • Respiratory protection (PAPR or N95)
  • Examination gloves
  • Boot covers
  • Apron

Staff should conduct advance trainings on PPE usage for care of a patient with proven or suspected

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Division of Disease Control should be contacted for
any potential case at 215-685-6741 during regular business hours or 215-686-4514 after hours (ask
for DDC On-Call Staff).

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