Emergencies preparedness, response

Surveillance strategy during Phase 3 of the Ebola response

Guidance

Authors:
WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 16
Publication date: November 2015
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/EVD/Guidance/Sur/15.1

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Overview

The goals of Ebola virus disease (EVD) surveillance during Phase 3 of the Ebola response are to promptly detect new, suspected EVD cases and deaths so as to trigger appropriate response, including rapid diagnosis, case isolation and management, contact tracing, safe burials, and the identification of transmission chains.

The proposed surveillance strategy needs to be reassessed in June 2016 and the systems in place and testing strategies adapted accordingly. Critical to this review will be the status of implementation and performance of national Infectious Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), the epidemiology, new knowledge in particular on the persistence of the virus in survivors and the transmission risk associated with this.

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