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Dangerous Pathogens

Page updated 30 April 2007

Dangerous Pathogens

Key Points

Patients with certain highly infectious or fatal diseases will be transferred to an Infectious Diseases Unit (IDU).

If a patient with a highly infectious disease is suspected, call the Infection Control Team straight away!

Minimise number of contacts with the patient

Record all on contact tracing sheets
(Download Contact Tracing Sheet)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guideline

Introduction

Some rare diseases are thought to require a greater degree of isolation than can be provided in these hospitals. Examples are pulmonary anthrax, diphtheria or viral haemorrhagic fevers.

Perform a Risk Assessment

Most of these patients will have been abroad. They are often first seen in the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Infectious Diseases Unit, or an A/E department, but may well be admitted to general wards with a diagnosis of PUO, from abroad, and there is usually a very sketchy history.

These patients must not be transferred within the hospital but must be placed in Source Isolation according to the standard protocol.

Keep the number of staff and other contacts to a minimum.

Make a list of all contacts in case follow up surveillance is required (See Contact Tracing Sheet).

Action Required