To help simplify and filter the huge amount of information currently circulating regarding Ebola, MERS and EVD68 the following three links are rcommended:
- Link to the CDC Ebola web page- http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html This also contains information pertaining directly to EMS.
- CDC Link containing PSAP info- http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/interim-guidance-emergency-medical-services-systems-911-public-safety-answering-points-management-patients-known-suspected-united-states.html
Dispatchers will most likely come across infectious diseases like Ebola while working from the sick person, abdominal pain or breathing difficulty dispatch cards. MPDS is updating their cards and others are looking at adding a question regarding travel if temperature symptoms match. APCO should have their updated card changes completed in about 2 weeks.