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Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 January 2020
Healthcare personnel (HCP) were recruited to provide serum samples, which were tested for antibodies against Ebola or Lassa virus to evaluate for asymptomatic seroconversion.
From 2014 to 2016, 4 patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) and 1 patient with Lassa fever (LF) were treated in the Serious Communicable Diseases Unit (SCDU) at Emory University Hospital. Strict infection control and clinical biosafety practices were implemented to prevent nosocomial transmission of EVD or LF to HCP.
All personnel who entered the SCDU who were required to measure their temperatures and complete a symptom questionnaire twice daily were eligible.
No employee developed symptomatic EVD or LF. EVD and LF antibody studies were performed on sera samples from 42 HCP. The 6 participants who had received investigational vaccination with a chimpanzee adenovirus type 3 vectored Ebola glycoprotein vaccine had high antibody titers to Ebola glycoprotein, but none had a response to Ebola nucleoprotein or VP40, or a response to LF antigens.
Patients infected with filoviruses and arenaviruses can be managed successfully without causing occupation-related symptomatic or asymptomatic infections. Meticulous attention to infection control and clinical biosafety practices by highly motivated, trained staff is critical to the safe care of patients with an infection from a special pathogen.
Emory Serious Communicable Diseases Unit: Administration: Catherine Maloney, Pam Cosper, Nancye Feistritzer, John Lewin, Bryce Gartland, Ira Horowitz, David Pugh, Chad Ritenour, Jerry Lewis, Brian Frislie, David Hatcher, Lynne Ometer, Kip Hardy. Nursing: Toni Ash, Christopher Barnes, Jamie Breedlove, Bob Bridgman, Lane Darragh, Tracey Daye, Dustin Hillis, Crystal Johnson, Julie-Ann Johnson, Danni LaFond, Courtney Lyons, Josia Mamora, Anna McCord, Samantha McDaniel, Haley Morgan, Jill Morgan, Alexander Sanchez, Marissa Simon, Jason Slabach, Kevin Tirado, Sally Watkins, Terrica Wilson, Ken Logan. Emory Medical Labs: Juli Buchanan, John Cardella, Brenda Eaves, Crystal Evans, Charles Hill, Doris Igwe, Karen Jenkins, Maureen Lindsey, Jordan Magee, Stacy McCarthy, Randall Powers, James Ritchie. Pharmacy: Jan Pack, Susan Rogers. Emory Health & Safety: Scott Thomaston, Esmeralda Meyer. Occupational Health: Cynthia Hall, Celeste Walker. Infection Prevention: Esther Baker, Betsy Hackman. Environmental Services: Jeff Broughton, Robert Jackson, Samantha Thomas. Pastoral Care: Robin Brown-Haithco, Faith Richardson. Emory Faculty and Staff Assistance: Art Krasilovsky, Clevevoya Jordan, Sue Matthews, Marilyn Hazzard Lineberger, Paula G. Gomes. Supplies/Logistics: Gentrice McGee, Porcia Jones. EUH Security: Linda Scott-Harris, James Cain, Roderick Davis, Tyrone Johnson, Tyrone Pickett, Anthony Shaw, Tenina Truesdale. Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Alex’Isakov, Sam Shartar, Wade Miles, Aaron Jamison, John Arevalo, Gail Stallings. Communications/Media Relations: Janet Christenbury, Vince Dollard, Melanie De Gennaro, Holly Korschun. Nutrition: Tom Ziegler, Daniel P. Griffith, Nisha Dave.
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