August 14, 2014

Vanderbilt Department of Infection Prevention offers Ebola virus information

National and international health authorities are working to control a large, ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus involving areas in West Africa. There are currently no reports of endemic cases of Ebola virus infection in the United States. There is no vaccine to prevent Ebola infection. Once someone is infected, treatment for the virus involves supportive care.

Despite recent media reports that suggest the contrary, Ebola patients can be safely managed in any acute care hospital if Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended precautions are strictly followed.

The Vanderbilt Department of Infection Prevention is working closely with many key stakeholders across Vanderbilt’s campus to ensure it is prepared to care for patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola infection. More details on the recommended infection prevention practices can be found at the department’s main website,

Contact Infection Prevention IMMEDIATELY at 936-0725 or via pager 835-1205 if you encounter a patient or other individual in which Ebola infection is suspected.

Thank you,

C. Lee Parmley, M.D., J.D.
Chief of Staff, Vanderbilt University Hospital

Tom Talbot, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center