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Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance

Guidance, resources and information for professionals about Ebola virus disease, a severe viral haemorrhagic fever (VHF).

Health professionals can contact Public Health England (PHE) for urgent and out of hours advice and support.


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Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a rare but severe infection in humans and non-human primates. It is caused by the Ebola virus, a filovirus that:

  • was first recognised in 1976
  • has caused sporadic outbreaks since in several African countries

The first imported case of Ebola virus disease in the UK was reported on 29 December 2014.

These documents provide guidance for professionals. Members of the public can find information and advice on NHS Choices.

PHE continues to work with UK government colleagues, the World Health Organization, and other partners.

For more Ebola guidance and news, see Ebola virus: UK government response.

Primary and secondary care

The College of Emergency Medicine has issued Ebola: guidance for emergency departments best practice guidelines.

  1. Viral haemorrhagic fever: ACDP algorithm and guidance on management of patients

    • Guidance
  2. Ebola virus disease: managing patients who require assessment in primary care

    • Guidance
  3. Ebola virus disease: identifying and managing patients for assessment in acute trusts

    • Guidance
  4. Ebola: infection prevention and control for primary care

    • Guidance
  5. Ebola: infection prevention and control for emergency departments

    • Guidance
  6. Ebola: advice for allied health professionals in secondary care

    • Guidance
  7. Ebola: advice for allied health and social care professionals in community settings

    • Guidance
  8. Ebola: advice for dental care teams

    • Guidance
  9. Ebola in pregnancy: information for healthcare workers

    • Guidance
  10. Ebola: public health recommendations for asymptomatic contacts

    • Guidance
  11. Ebola: advice for funeral industry, coroner’s offices and pathology departments

    • Guidance

Diagnosis

Education and childcare

Police, prisons and immigration removal centres

People going to and returning from affected countries

Air, sea and ports

Environment, waste and sewage

Risk assessment and background information

Epidemiology and maps

Screening and testing activity

  1. Ebola virus disease: screening and testing activity

    • Research and analysis

Public awareness resources

Members of the public can find more information and advice on NHS Choices.

  1. Ebola: public health questions and answers

    • Guidance
  2. Ebola and infectivity: factsheet

    • Guidance
  3. Ebola: public awareness poster for healthcare settings

    • Promotional material
  4. Ebola: travellers arriving from West Africa via Accra leaflet

    • Promotional material
  5. Ebola: travellers returning from West Africa poster

    • Promotional material

Genetic research

  1. Ebola virus: genetic sequence information for scientists

    • Research and analysis
Published 10 July 2014
Last updated 9 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Ebola: public health recommendations for asymptomatic contacts' to the collection.
  2. Added the following to the collecion: Ebola guidance for harbour pilots and port operators; Ebola UK-based students visiting families in affected countries
  3. The 'Ebola: aircraft cleaning and decontamination after suspected case' guidance has been added under 'Guidance for non-healthcare locations'.
  4. The 'Ebola: frequent travellers to affected countries' guidance has been added.
  5. 'Ebola: advice for funeral industry, coroner’s offices and pathology departments' added to the collection.
  6. 'Ebola: advice for dental care teams' added to the collection under primary and secondary care section.
  7. The 'Ebola: travellers arriving from West Africa via Accra leaflet' has been added to the collection under 'Public awareness resources'.
  8. The 'Ebola virus disease: returning workers who are asymptomatic contacts guidance' has been added to the collection under 'People going to and returning from affected countries'.
  9. First 'Ebola virus disease: screening and testing activity' report published, with a new heading, Screening and testing activity.
  10. Updated guidance in primary and secondary care, and non-healthcare settings in line with ACDP. New guidance for sewage handlers and allied health professionals, and social care professionals added.
  11. The Ebola and infectivity factsheet has been added.
  12. Ebola genetic sequence published.
  13. The Ebola: risk assessment in prison guidance has been added under public health management.
  14. Added link to College of Emergency Medicine guidance.
  15. Updated immigration removal centre advice; new guidance on risk assessment for police custody suites, and for police on using PPE
  16. Guidance for Ebola: advice and risk assessment for educational, early years, childcare and young persons’
  17. The Ebola: returning from West Africa poster has been added under public health management.
  18. Added guidance for family and friends of aid workers - 26 September 2014.
  19. Added Ebola virus disease: epidemiological update.
  20. The 'Ebola virus disease: managing patients who require assessment in primary care guidance' has been uploaded.
  21. The 'Ebola: advice and risk assessment for universities and other further educational establishments' has been uploaded.
  22. Updated to include 'Ebola: infection control and prevention for acute trust staff' and 'Ebola: sample testing advice for laboratory staff' guidance.
  23. The 'Ebola: advice for immigration removal centres guidance has been uploaded.
  24. Added guidance for acute trust staff, and VHF sample testing advice.
  25. First published.