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On January 14, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Liberia has been free of Ebola for 42 days, marking the end of the most recent outbreak in that West African nation. Liberia is one of the three hardest hit West African countries (along with Guinea and Sierra Leone) in which the disease has been contained since the epidemic began in 2014. The organization cautions that small-scale outbreaks are possible in these countries in the coming months, such as the case confirmed in Sierra Leone on January 15, 2016. For that reason, health officials will remain vigilant for signs of any recurrence in their communities.
As a result of the announcement by WHO, the CDC upgraded its outbreak distribution map to cite no widespread transmission of the Ebola virus. For a listing of updates, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola outbreak distribution webpage.
The ADA monitors Ebola-related information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP). The ADA is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information for dental professionals on this issue. Please visit this website often for updates.
Ebola Signs and Symptoms
The most common signs and symptoms of Ebola infection are:
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained bleeding or bruising
Because most oral health providers do not have the appropriate equipment, experience and skills to safely treat an Ebola-infected patient, the ADA Science Institute advises dental professionals not to treat dental patients if they have signs and symptoms of Ebola infection.
2014 ADA Ebola Webinar for Dental Professionals
On Oct. 29, 2014, the ADA, along with the CDC and OSAP, hosted a webinar to answer specific questions regarding the outbreak of Ebola and the implications for dental offices.
The webinar consists of four chapters, each one featuring a different speaker. To view an individual chapter, please click on the PLAYLIST menu at the top of the video screen shown above.
- Chapter One: Dr. Dana M. Meaney-Delman, MD, Medical Officer and Senior Medical Adviser for Preparedness of the CDC (Running time: 29:02).
- Chapter Two: Dr. Maxine Feinberg, DDS, 2014-2015 President of the ADA (Running time: 2:11).
- Chapter Three: Dr. Daniel Meyer, DDS, Chief Science Officer of the ADA (Running time: 2:25).
- Chapter Four: Dr. John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, Chairman of the Board for OSAP (Running time: 3:59).
Prepared by: Center for Science Information, ADA Science Institute
Last Updated: January 15, 2016