Title
Filovirus hemorrhagic fever outbreak case management : a review of current and future treatment optionsFilovirus hemorrhagic fever outbreak case management : a review of current and future treatment options
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Research group
Epidemiology and social medicine (ESOC)
Publication type
article
Publication
Chicago, Ill.,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
The journal of infectious diseases. - Chicago, Ill.
Volume/pages
204(2011):S:3, p. S791-S795
ISSN
0022-1899
ISI
000295991400006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Testing an innovative therapy for filovirus hemorrhagic fever (FHF) in an outbreak setting may be years away. Moreover, beyond anecdotal evidence, little is known about best practice for outbreak case management. Currently, Médecins Sans Frontières and others provide FHF patients with basic supportive treatment. We describe and discuss treatment possibilities, challenges, and potential next steps for FHF outbreak case management. More comprehensive supportive treatment, including vital sign monitoring, intensive care components, and goal-directed interventions may contribute to improved clinical outcome; the feasibility and effectiveness of this more comprehensive supportive treatment should be assessed. Our outlined summary may assist future FHF outbreak case management teams to create collaborative platforms and develop relevant treatment protocols aimed at improving clinical outcome.
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