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8/20/2019 - Medical Grand Rounds: Global lessons from the 2014-16 Ebola Crisis in Sierra Leone





Credit Hours: CME 1.25

Target Audience:

Faculty, residents, fellows, and community physicians in General Internal Medicine and subspecialties.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the dynamics of an Ebola outbreak in an under-resourced setting including why it spreads and the strategies for controlling it’s spread.
  • Review the basics of outbreak response in a crisis situation including the challenges of decision making and establishing effective outbreak tracking/surveillance systems.
  • Recognize the importance of strong laboratory systems in public health systems and outbreak detection and response.
  • Identify the role and limitations of quarantine in controlling outbreaks.
  • Describe the importance of strengthening public health and crisis management systems in both developed and developing countries and understand the concepts behind the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).

Suggested Additional Reading:

  1. Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections N Engl J Med 2014; 371:1481-1495 (DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1411100).
  2. Assessing the International Spreading Risk Associated with the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak Marcelo F. C. Gomes, Ana Pastore y Piontti, Luca Rossi, Dennis Chao, Ira Longini, M. Elizabeth Halloran, and Alessandro Vespignani.
  3. PLoS Curr. 2014 September 2; 6: ecurrents.outbreaks.cd818f63d40e24aef769dda7df9e0da5. Published online 2014 September doi: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.cd818f63d40e24aef769dda7df9e0da5 PMCID: PMC4169359 PMID: 25642360.
  4. Temporal and spatial analysis of the 2014–2015 Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Miles W. Carroll, David A. Matthews, Stephan Günther Nature volume 524, pages 97–101 (06 August 2015).
  5. Clinical Illness and Outcomes in Patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone November 27, 2014. N Engl J Med 2014; 371:2092-2100 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1411680.
  6. Global health security: the wider lessons from the west African Ebola virus disease epidemic. Lancet Volume 385, Issue 9980, 9–15 May 2015, Pages 1884-1901.

Michael S. Friedman, MD, DTMH — CDC Country Director and US Embassy Health Attache, former WHO lead for Ebola outbreak response and surveillance in Sierra Leone
No relationships with industry relevant to the content of this educational activity have been disclosed.
Authors disclosure of relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients is listed above. No other planners, members of the planning committee, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.