Recognizing and managing emerging infectious diseases in the emergency department [digest

Ramón Millán, Deepti Thomas-Paulose, Daniel J. Egan, Jeffrey Nusbaum, Nachi Gupta

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Abstract

With population shifts, increased travel, and climate change, the spread of emerging and re-emerging infections is increasing. Although encountering a patient with an emerging infection on any given emergency department shift is unlikely, missing a diagnosis could have profound consequences for the patient, healthcare workers, and the patient's close contacts. This review provides a framework to evaluate, diagnose, and treat a returning traveler with suspected Middle East respiratory syndrome, chikungunya virus, or Zika virus-3 recently emerged infections. All may present with nonspecific viral-like symptoms and are easily missed if an appropriate travel history is not obtained. A high level of vigilance and proper disposition will enable the emergency clinician to effectively diagnose, manage, and contain these diseases. [Points & Pearls is a digest of Emergency Medicine Practice.].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalEmergency medicine practice
Volume20
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2018

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