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Volume 23, Number 8—August 2017


Occupational Exposures to Ebola Virus in Ebola Treatment Center, Conakry, Guinea

Hélène SaviniComments to Author , Frédéric Janvier, Ludovic Karkowski, Magali Billhot, Marc Aletti, Julien Bordes, Fassou Koulibaly, Pierre-Yves Cordier, Jean-Marie Cournac, Nancy Maugey, Nicolas Gagnon, Jean Cotte, Audrey Cambon, Christine Mac Nab, Sophie Moroge, Claire Rousseau, Vincent Foissaud, Thierry De Greslan, Hervé Granier, Gilles Cellarier, Eric Valade, Philippe Kraemer, Philippe Alla, Audrey Mérens, Emmanuel Sagui, Thierry Carmoi, and Christophe Rapp
Author affiliations: French Military Teaching Hospital Laveran, Marseille, France (H. Savini, P.-Y. Cordier, S. Moroge, P. Kraemer, E. Sagui); French Military Teaching Hospital Saint Anne, Toulon, France (F. Janvier, J. Bordes, J. Cotte, G. Cellarier, P. Alla); French Military Teaching Hospital Legouest, Metz, France (L. Karkowski, N. Gagnon); French Military Teaching Hospital Val de Grâce, Paris, France (M. Billhot, A. Cambon, T. De Greslan, T. Carmoi); French Military Teaching Hospital Percy, Clamart, France (M. Aletti, J.-M. Cournac, C. Mac Nab, V. Foissaud); Guinean Military Health Services, Conakry, Guinea (F. Koulibaly); Frégate Européenne Multi-Mission Aquitaine, Bordeaux Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, Brest, France (N. Maugey); French Military Teaching Hospital Clermont Tonnerre, Brest, France (C. Rousseau, H. Granier); Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, Brétigny sur Orge, France (E. Valade); French Military Teaching Hospital Bégin, Saint Mandé, France (A. Mérens, C. Rapp)

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Table 1

Risk levels of transmission factors for Ebola virus disease for healthcare workers, Conakry, Guinea*

Exposure Risk level
EVD with diarrhea, vomiting, and hemorrhaging EVD without diarrhea, vomiting, and hemorrhaging
Contact (>1 m) with patients not projecting biological fluids Low Low
Close contact (<1 m) with patients not projecting biological fluids Low High
Direct contact with biological fluids High High
Cumulative incidents during removal of PPE Low High
Transcutaneous or mucosal exposure to infected biological fluids Maximum Maximum

*Adapted from recommendations of the French High Council on Public Health (5). EVD, Ebola virus disease; PPE, personal protective equipment.

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