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This communication is not related to menopause [i]per se[/i], but refers to Ebola in women. West Africa is currently in the midst of the largest outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. The Ebola epidemic seems to be expanding globally and is rapidly becoming a major threat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have now issued special instructions and guidance for obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) [1]. Although it is very unlikely that ob-gyns in most regions of the world will diagnose or treat a patient with Ebola virus disease, it is important that all health-care providers are prepared to evaluate and care for these patients. Specifically, US health-care providers, including ob-gyns, should ask patients about recent travel and should know the signs and symptoms of Ebola virus disease and what to do if assessing a patient with compatible illness.

Author(s)

  • Amos Pines
    Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Citations

  1. Jamieson DJ, Uyeki TM, Callaghan WM, Meaney-Delman D, Rasmussen SA. What obstetrician-gynecologists should know about ebola: a perspective from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obstet Gynecol 2014 Sep 8. Epub ahead of print
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25203368
  2. Frieden TR, Damon I, Bell BP, Kenyon T, Nichol S. Ebola 2014 – new challenges, new global response and responsibility. N Engl J Med 2014;371:1177-80.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25140858
  3. Green A. WHO and partners launch Ebola response plan. Lancet 2014;384:481.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25115001
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