Ebola virus disease (EVD)
Healthcare professionals are at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases like the Ebola virus disease (EVD) which is one of the causes of viral haemorrhagic fever syndromes.
Information about the current status of the disease internationally is available from World Health Organization situation reports.
The Australian Government also provides a range of EVD information and resources for the general public, travellers, healthcare professionals and patients.
The Queensland Health Guidelines for Public Health Units focus on managing the spread of quarantinable viral haemorrhagic fevers and include information about incubation, transmission, period of communicability, management of suspected cases and notification criteria and procedures.
The Queensland Ebola virus disease management plan (PDF, 770KB) is the overarching guiding document for managing this disease in Queensland and is supported by a suite of guidelines and forms listed below.
Clinical guidelines and resources
These resources include guidelines, forms and resources for clinical staff and healthcare professionals including but not limited to Hospital and Health Services, Pathology Queensland, private hospitals, general practices and private pathology services.
Additional guidelines and resources are available for Queensland Health staff on QHEPS (link accessible only on Queensland Health network)
- EVD assessment form (long) (PDF, 211KB)
- EVD assessment form (short) (PDF, 86KB)
- Ebola case report form (PDF, 265KB)
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safe management of an Ebola virus disease case is being made available for Queensland Health facilities.
A video on the recommended procedures and use of PPE (gown option) when treating suspected and confirmed EVD cases in Queensland is now available on QHEPS (link accessible only on Queensland Health network).
- Ebola poster (PDF, 650kB) – for healthcare professionals in Queensland to be printed and displayed in healthcare facilities’ common staff areas
Ebola poster (PDF, 690kB) – for public display in waiting rooms of hospitals, emergency departments and general practices in Queensland
Historical information—2014 outbreak
On 8 August 2014, the World Health Organisation announced the outbreak of EVD in West Africa met the conditions for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
The outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (West Africa) was the largest outbreak of EVD in recorded history. While the peak of the outbreak has passed, cases continue to occur in the region.
Updated numbers are available from World Health Organisation situation reports.
There are no cases of EVD in Australia and the risk of anyone contracting EVD in Queensland or Australia is very low. Queensland Health is prepared to identify and respond to any suspected cases of EVD and prevent transmission should a case occur.
- 6 November 2014 – Chief Health Officer Exercise Uplift debrief
- 29 October 2014 – Chief Health Officer Ebola symposium presentation
- 29 October 2014 - Chief Health Officer industry symposium
- 10 October 2014 - Ebola test results negative
- 9 October 2014 - Cairns nurse isolated, being assessed
- 11 September - Tests negative for Ebola virus disease
- 11 September - Chief Health Officer calls for calm over suspected Ebola case
- 11 September - Gold Coast patient isolated, assessed
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