In the wake of the recent outbreak and spread of Ebola, it’s important to question where Australia stands in terms of how we manage potential outbreaks, identify risk factors and train for appropriate responses in airports and hospitals.
As of November 2014, the World Health Organisation states 5160 people have so far died of Ebola across eight countries, from a total 14,098 cases of infection.
This latest toll includes 4 recent Ebola deaths in Mali, with the deadliest outbreaks continuing to affect Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Just how well Australia is prepared for an Ebola outbreak, and what steps are being taken to protect the public? Sarah Scopelianos and Tim Leslie from ABC outline just where we stand in Explained: Australia’s plan to tackle Ebola.
This article is a great resource point for current management strategies of suspected and confirmed cases in Australian, and what constitutes best practise in confirmed and suspected cases in the community, airports and hospitals.
The risk of Ebola spreading to Australia is considered low but everywhere from airports to hospitals a wide range of measures are in place to further minimise the risk and plan for a potential outbreak.
For links and current information on Australian responses to Ebola please read the latest ABC article here, and for nurses wishing join hundreds of others in volunteering at Ebola treatment centres in West Africa, please register your interest at Aspen Medical.