The World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency in August 2014, bringing more attention to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has claimed thousands of lives. On September 30, the CDC reported the first Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is rare, and the virus only spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids.
While the current outbreak is unique in many ways, it’s important not to panic. Authorities encourage people to avoid outbreak areas like Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.
What is Aetna doing?
While local authorities and physicians are on the front line of treatment during epidemics around the globe, Aetna health professionals constantly monitor reports of infectious diseases including EVD. In an outbreak, we are in contact with health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, relevant governmental agencies, local health departments, health care providers, our employer customers and others so that we can appropriately promote awareness and prevention. We also review our clinical policies for the most current evidence-based coverage criteria and we work with health care providers to reduce barriers to the timely delivery of health care services.
How can I learn more?
The best way to protect yourself is to learn about prevention, symptoms and treatment guidelines. For more information about the Ebola virus, visit the following resources:
- Questions and Answers on Ebola from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Ebola Virus Disease Fact Sheet from the World Health Organization
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