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Emergency Medical Minute


Oct 16, 2019

Author: John Winkler, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • There is a new outbreak of Ebola in The Congo. This is likely due to civil war and rebel attacks on healthcare workers in the area. 
  • Ebola is now spreading from the Congo into neighboring Uganda, but vaccination efforts are staving off the spread across the border 
  • Early symptoms of Ebola are similar to the flu
  • Spread occurs through close contact with bodily fluids. Proper PPE is required when treating patients with suspected ebola 


Malvy D, McElroy AK, de Clerck H, Günther S, van Griensven J. Ebola virus disease. Lancet. 2019 Mar 2;393(10174):936-948. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)33132-5. Epub 2019 Feb 15.

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD

Music credit: “Smooth Lovin” by Kevin MacLoed ( Licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 3.0 License.