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Key Messages - Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to work with other U.S. government agencies, the World Health Organization (WHO), and other domestic and international partners in an international response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The attached document summarizes key messages about the outbreak and the response. It will be updated as new information becomes available and distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate.


Upcoming Call:  Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola
Hospital executives* across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

Leaders from:  HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs

When:             Oct. 20, 1-2 pm EDT
How:               Call NUMBER and PASSCODE forthcoming

*Hospital emergency management directors and/or safety officers are welcome to participate with hospital executives.

HHS held a call on Oct. 9, Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola. An auto replay of the call is available for your reference.

Some of the documents referenced during the call on Oct. 9 include:

 *   ASPR Ebola Webpage
 *   CDC Ebola Webpage
 *   Detailed Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
 *   Ebola Screening Criteria for emergency departments
 *   Detailed Emergency Medical Services Checklist for Ebola Preparedness
 *   Ebola Screening Criteria for EMS
 *   Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness

In preparation for the call next week, HHS developed an Inquiry Form to submit questions. Please check the ASPR Ebola Webpage and CDC Ebola Webpage regularly for the most current information. State and local health departments with questions should contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center (by phone or email, eocreport@cdc.gov<mailto:eocreport@cdc.gov>).

Sincerely,


Division of Health System Policy
HHS / ASPR / OPP
Thomas P. O’Neill Federal Building
200 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20024
eccc@hhs.gov<mailto:eccc@hhs.gov>

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