Infection Control for Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in the African Health Care Setting

Publication language
Date published
01 Dec 1998
Tools, guidelines and methodologies
Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Disasters, Epidemics & pandemics, Health

This manual, prepared collaboratively by CDC and WHO, attempts to address the issues of early provisional diagnosis and response within a limited infrastructure. It is designed for the following uses:

  • for prevention through preparedness--to help African health facilities make advance preparations for responding with appropriate precautions when a VHF case is suspected.
  • for planning and conducting in-service training to strengthen standard precautions and VHF isolation precautions.
  • as a rapid reference when a VHF case appears at a health facility where no previous VHF preparations have been made.

The recommendations in the manual make use of common, low-cost supplies, such as household bleach, water, cotton cloth, and plastic sheeting. Step-by-step instructions for implementing the recommendations are presented along with instructional aids for easy reference in health centers.
The manual is available in English, French, and Portuguese.