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Management of viral haemorrhagic fevers in the UK 

Management of viral haemorrhagic fevers in the UK
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Management of viral haemorrhagic fevers in the UK
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Jonathan Lambourne

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199665754.003.0014
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date: 12 August 2020

Viral haemorrhagic fever is a descriptive term embracing over a dozen different diseases, with varying pathologies and risks of transmission to other persons and healthcare workers. The most dangerous fevers from a healthcare perspective are the Arenaviruses (principally Lassa fever), Ebola, Marburg and Congo Crimean Haemorrhagic Fever. The chapter presents a theoretical case of Lassa fever and management of the case is discussed. Particular attention is made to early management and differential diagnosis, testing algorithms, infection control, and prophylaxis.

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