Mystery Patient Drill Toolkit

This toolkit is intended for use by hospital emergency departments, and tests how long it takes for a potential patient with a highly infectious disease to be identified and for staff to begin exposure mitigation procedures; how long it takes for a patient to be transferred to an isolation room; and the capability of the facility to make notifications internally and to the health department.

Aeromedical Transfer of Patients with Viral Hemorrhagic Fever

For more than 40 years, the British Royal Air Force has maintained an aeromedical evacuation facility, the Deployable Air Isolator Team (DAIT), to transport patients with possible or confirmed highly infectious diseases to the United Kingdom. Currently, no UK-published guidelines exist on how to transfer such patients.

Effect of vaccinating health care workers to control Ebola virus disease: a modelling analysis of outbreak data

To evaluate the effect of health care worker(HCW) targeted or community vaccination strategies, researchers used a transmission model to explore the relative contribution of HCW and the community to transmission.

Synthetic DNA-delivered Antibodies Protect Against Ebola in Preclinical Studies Representing a Novel Platform for Antibody Therapies for Outbreak Infections

Scientists have successfully engineered novel DNA-encoded monoclonal antibodies (DMAbs) targeting Zaire Ebolavirus that were effective in preclinical models. DMAbs may also provide a novel powerful platform for rapid screening of monoclonal antibodies enhancing preclinical development.

FDA authorizes emergency use of first Ebola fingerstick test with portable reader

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that an emergency use authorization (EUA) has been issued for a rapid, single-use test for the detection of Ebola virus (Zaire ebolavirus). This is the second Ebola rapid antigen fingerstick test available under EUA, but the first that uses a portable battery-operated reader, which can help provide clear diagnostic results outside of laboratories.