US to Develop new protocols for hospitals, treating Ebola-infected patients
The US' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops new protocols for hospitals and health care workers, treating Ebola-infected patients, RIA Novosti reported referring to CBS.
The new protocol, which is meant to improve the one previously issued by the WHO, will no longer allow exposed skin or untied hair.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told that the new protocols will be "much more stringent" than previous guidelines.
As of today, one out of several Ebola patients, who have been treated in the US, died.
Reportedly, the Liberian man, who died in Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas was treated by medics, who did not know the proper protocol. Anonymous health care workers from the hospital said that their protective gear was incomplete or ill-fitting.
The current Ebola epidemic, one of the current global security issues, started in southern Guinea in February and later spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal, with several Ebola cases having been reported outside of West Africa.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 4,500 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak, with over 9,000 cases confirmed or suspected.
There is currently no officially approved medication for the disease, but several countries are now working on developing a drug to halt the virus spreading further.
Earlier this month, the Russian Health Minister confirmed that Russia is now ready to test its Ebola vaccine on primates and may soon start clinical trials.