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Emergency Response to Emerging Infections: Responding to Liberia's Ebola Outbreak

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Michelle Niescierenko MD, MPH

Judith Palfrey MD

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In this Global Health World Shared Practice Forum, Dr. Michelle Niescierenko discusses approaches to responding to emerging infections in developing nations. She shares her experience in responding to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, and how her team worked with Liberian hospitals to teach and disseminate best practices on infection control. She describes the successes and challenges in managing the Ebola outbreak, and how she partnered with the CDC, the WHO, and Liberian Ministry of Health to implement a structured response system to manage the spread of the Ebola virus. Following this discussion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the origins of Ebola and its spread to surrounding areas
  • Identify specific challenges in responding to emerging infections in a remote region
  • Explain how best medical practices in infection control were taught, disseminated and sustained in hospitals throughout Liberia

Initial Publication: November 9, 2018.


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Topics: World Shared Practice Forum Critical Care Infectious Disease