The 2014 Ebola outbreak continues to concern a large portion of the workforce and citizens of the world This outbreak is the first Ebola epidemic the world has ever known — directly affecting multiple countries in West Africa and indirectly effecting the world.
Although the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low, there are things you should be tracking on this topic. This is clearly a case where situational awareness of the threat can help you mitigate any possible business risk from the threat.
The following are some web resources we believe to be highly reliable.
Ebola Web Resources:
Wikipedia Ebola Site: A very good baseline introduction and overview of Ebola including some very basic science is at Wikipedia. The nature of Wikipedia means it is subject to brief periods of attack, but the many credible editors always bring it back into reliable/reputable states after any attack and we have found it to be an especially good overview on this threat:
Visit the Wikipedia Ebola Site
APIC is the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology: APIC is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization(WHO), and other domestic and international partners in response to the current outbreak by helping and coordinating needed expertise with the relevant government agencies by helping maintain updated reference material. APIC also provides faculty for a CDC training course that prepare U.S. healthcare workers before deploying to West Africa.
Visit the APIC Site
AHA is the Americal Hospital Association: The AHA leads, represents and serves hospitals, health systems and other related organizations that are accountable to the community and committed to health improvement. Their references include very important Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Considerations.
Visit the AHA Site
OSHA’s new Ebola web page: provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus. The resource covers hazard identification and characterization, medical information, applicable OSHA standards, and recommendations for prevention and control of exposures to Ebola.
Visit the OSHA Site
The CDC Ebola web page: includes signs and symptoms, risk of exposure, prevention, tips for healthcare workers and more. The CDC page also includes travel notices.
Visit the CDC Ebola Site
The DHS Ebola Coordination Page: Includes an overview of key government actions and DHS references. Consult for the latest travel rules and for other news/links.
Visit the DHS Ebola Site