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Dome November 2014

Ready for Ebola

Date: November 6, 2014

A single-use, fluid-resistant gown extends at least to mid-calf.
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A single-use, fluid-resistant gown extends at least to mid-calf.

Prepared to treat a patient with Ebola virus disease, nurse Julia Gardner of The Johns Hopkins Hospital wears a powered air-purifying respirator, one type of personal protective equipment (PPE) approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency also approves other PPE options, each of which prevents skin exposure. The most important aspect of readiness is to train for safe donning and removal of equipment with help from a buddy and an observer.


The Ebola virus causes a deadly viral hemorrhagic disease. It is spread through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person who is showing symptoms of the virus. Those include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, or unexplained bleeding or bruising. Symptoms appear between two and 21 days after exposure, but eight to 10 days is most common. No specific antiviral therapy is available. 


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Have questions? On Nov. 12, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) operations director Dianne Whyne will be available to answer your questions online in Hopkins Happenings’ “Ask the Expert” at