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As the world’s most deadly Ebola virus outbreak continues to spread throughout Western Africa, EDs in many U.S. hospitals are on heightened alert for any patients who report travel histories and symptoms that indicate they may be at risk of carrying the disease.

“If a patient has traveled to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia or Nigeria and also has symptoms such as a fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, diarrhea or vomiting, then we are recommending that the triage nurses move forward with isolating the patient immediately and putting on protective barriers,” Donna Armellino, RN, DNP, CIC, vice president of infection prevention at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York, said.

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