In areas most affected, contact tracing
was important (10).
In fact last year, the DOH did two instances of contact tracing
for potential cases of MERS-COV among healthcare workers deployed in Middle East hospitals who were vacationing in the Philippines.
This setup promoted outstanding communication and excellent relations between all parties, which allowed rapid exchanges of information that led to swift contact tracing
and the quarantine of persons identified as having had unprotected exposure to a SARS patient.
Public Health England (PHE) undertook contact tracing
following the confirmed case of Ebola in a healthcare worker returning from Sierra Leone.
tau]] depends on the diagnosis probabilities, the time needed for contact tracing
, and the vaccination coverage.
The local health systems are capable of ensuring contact tracing
and monitoring, in accordance with international best practices.
Finally, when these recommendations did not completely stop international spread, passengers themselves were asked to avoid travel to areas where contact tracing
was unable to link all cases to known chains of transmission (12).
Public Health England (PHE) is undertaking contact tracing
following the confirmed case of Ebola in a healthcare worker returning from Sierra Leone, and as of 4pm on 31 December 2014, has spoken to 85 passengers.
We thank Chih-Bin Lin and Ai-Hsi Hsu for caring for the study patients and Shih-Min Hsu for directing nurses of the infection control team for contact tracing
and collection of samples.
This component seeks to undertake the following: establish trained Rapid Response Teams (at national and regional levels within Jamaica) responsible for early detection and surveillance as well as contact tracing
While contact tracing
is undoubtedly incomplete, most infected patients have transmitted illness to few other people.
Project activities include: (1) supporting the medical response through case finding, contact tracing
, education awareness, disinfection and dead body management; (2) providing preparedness and response capacity in non-affected countries; (3) enhancing coordination by providing effective communication to all stakeholders and through the consolidation resource mobilization and reporting functions; (4) providing effective staff and volunteer safety and security systems, including support before, during and after a deployment; and (5) establishing a Regional Ebola Unit in Guinea (Conakry) that provides Ebola coordination and support at Zone and Geneva levels.