Ebola Information Center
Elsevier’s free health and medical research, online tools and expert advice on Ebola
By the Elsevier Community Posted on 31 October 2014
Updated on 18 July 2019
Welcome to Elsevier's Ebola Information Center
This page will provide continually updated resources from Elsevier's content and experts. We developed it to give our readers – medical professionals, health researchers, and members of the public interested in Ebola – one place where they can access the depth and breadth of Elsevier's resources on the Ebola virus.
Elsevier's resources span scientific and medical journals and textbooks, educational products, and a variety of other content. We have also asked our clinicians to provide original commentary. Our goal is to provide these resources for free for the next several months as the Ebola crisis continues.
Ebola outbreak in the Congo
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo a public health emergency of international concern. Read more from the WHO.
The Lancet Ebola Resource Centre provides free access to research in The Lancet and Cell Press
To assist health workers and researchers working under difficult and dangerous conditions to bring this outbreak to a close, The Lancet has created an Ebola Resource Centre. This hub brings together existing Ebola content from The Lancet journals and Cell Press and will feature the latest Ebola research as it is published. It is intended to be a comprehensive Ebola resource for clinicians, public health professionals, and anybody else who needs access to existing Ebola research and latest developments.[divider]
Ebola Resources for Nurse Educators
On its Ebola Resources for Nurse Educators page, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is hosting a curated collection of news, events and webinars for nursing school deans, faculty members, students, and other stakeholders. Elsevier publishes the AACN's Journal of Professional Nursing.
Access to research in books and journals
Research4Life provides free and low-cost access for researchers in developing countries
Elsevier is a founding member of Research4Life, a public-private partnership of over 200 academic publishers, four UN agencies, Yale and Cornell universities and the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM). With the support of technology partner Microsoft, the program provides free or low-cost online access to nearly 30,000 peer-reviewed journals, books and databases to over 6,000 institutions in more than 100 developing countries and territories.
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American Journal of Ophthalmology
International Journal of Infectious Diseases
These articles are published open access:
- Ebola in the DRC one year later – Boiling the Frog (July 2019)
- Ebola vaccine development: Systematic review of pre-clinical and clinical studies, and meta-analysis of determinants of antibody response variability after vaccination (Sept 2019)
- Recrudescence of Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa, 2014–2016 (Nov 2017)
- The challenges of detecting and responding to a Lassa fever outbreak in an Ebola-affected setting (Jan 2018)
- Enhancing preparation for large Nipah outbreaks beyond Bangladesh: Preventing a tragedy like Ebola in West Africa (July 2018)
- Impact of infectious disease epidemics on tuberculosis diagnostic, management, and prevention services: experiences and lessons from the 2014–2015 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (March 2017)
- Utility and potential of rapid epidemic intelligence from internet-based sources (Oct 2017)
- Are we ready for a global pandemic of Ebola virus? (Nov 2014)
- Guidelines for treatment of patients with Ebola Virus Diseases are urgently needed (December 2014)
The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care
Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (The Journal of Evidence and Quality in Health Care), is a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary and cross-professional journal that publishes original papers, reviews, short reports, and selected conference papers on all aspects of evidence and quality in healthcare. This article is freely available until November 12, 2015:
- Gerd Antes: "Ebola – contradictions between knowledge and communication," Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen (Article in Press, November 2014)
The Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology
The authors write: "In this brief opinion article, we provide a short primer on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, US-based hospital preparedness, vaccine and therapy development, and control of Ebola virus disease for noninfectious disease physicians."
- Robert Lindblad, Ashraf El Fiky, MBBCh, PhD, Thad Zajdowicz, MD, MPH: "Ebola in the United States," The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (Article in Press, December 2014)
Nursing articles on Ebola
The following articles in Elsevier's nursing journals are freely available until February 4, 2015:
- Susan Jones, MA, PGCE, RGN, Betty Sam RM, Florence Bull MIPH, Steven Bagie Pieh BSc, JakiLambertBSc, MiPH, Florence Mgawadere BSNurs, MiPH, PhD, Somasundari Gopalakrishnan MBBS MPhil, Charles A. Ameh DRH, MBBS, PhD, MPH, FWACS (OBGYN), FRCOG, Nynkevan den BroekMBBS, DTMH, PhD, FRCOG: "‘Even when you are afraid, you stay’: Provision of maternity care during the Ebola virus epidemic: A qualitative study" Midwifery (September 2017)
- Eruvwukorotu S. Kollie, Betty J.Winslow, Patricia Pothier, Donn Gaede: "Deciding to work during the Ebola outbreak: The voices and experiences of nurses and midwives in Liberia" International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences (2017)
- Chunzi Liu, Huaming Wang, Lin Zhou, Hui Xie, Huiyin Yang, Yanbo Yu, Huayan Sha, Ying Yang, Xin Zhang: "Sources and symptoms of stress among nurses in the first Chinese anti-Ebola medical team during the Sierra Leone aid mission: A qualitative study", International Journal of Nursing Sciences (April 2019)
- Jan Odom-Forren, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN: "Ebola- A Crisis," Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing (Article in Press). Written by one of the editors of Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, this article discusses facts about Ebola, including preparation, what is happening now, and the treatment of this disease going forward.
- Anna Jarrett, PhD, ACNP/ACNS-BC: "Ebola: A Practice Summary," The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, (Article in Press). This feature reviews the characteristics, history, and prevention of Ebola. Preventive measures, a screening tool, and diagnostic testing and initial treatment options are all outlined in this article.
- John J. Lowe, PhD, Shawn G. Gibbs, PhD, Shelly Schwedhelm, RN, MSN, John Nguyen, BS, and Philip W. Smith, MD: "Nebraska Biocontainment Unit perspective on disposal of Ebola medical waste," American Journal of Infection Control ( Article in Press): This commentary piece discusses the protocol for disposal of medical waste generated by health care workers caring for Ebola patients and the patients themselves.
- C. Raina MacIntyre, Abrar Ahmad Chugtai, Holly Seale, Guy A. Richards, and Patricia M. Davidson: "Respiratory protection for healthcare workers treating Ebola virus disease (EVD): Are facemasks suggiciet to meet occupational health and safety obligations?" International Journal of Nursing Studies (Volume 51, Issue 11). This article discusses whether or not facemasks offer sufficient protection for health care workers caring for Ebola patient, or if respirators would be a more appropriate recommendation.
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
The following articles in Elsevier journals are freely available until February 5, 2015:
- Ziad A. Memish, Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq: "The Hajj in The Time of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (September–October 2014). In the last two years, about 200,000 of pilgrims from the four countries in West Africa involved in the current Ebola Virus Disease attended the Haji. This article discusses challenges mass gathering (MG) planners are facing in dealing with Ebola.
- Philippe Brouqui, Giuseppe Ippolito: "Ebola and travel – Management of imported cases," Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease (In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 16 October 2014). Ebola travel importation can occur as demonstrated by cases in Nigeria, Senegal and more recently in the US. This article suggests four key strategies to stem the importation and travel related cases of Ebola.
Skills checklists and patient education
These skills checklists were developed by health professionals on the Elsevier Clinical Solutions team as an assessment tool for healthcare professionals at US hospitals that may treat Ebola patients. They are based on current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Each checklist allows for observation and evaluation of proficiency in donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and identifies areas for improvement for training and competence.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Donning PPE. Checklist for Donning PPE including the use of an N95 respirator or a PAPR.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Doffing PPE with N95. Checklist for Doffing PPE when using an N95 Respirator.
- Ebola Isolation Precautions Checklist — Doffing PPE with PAPR. Checklist for Doffing PPE when using a PAPR.
- Isolation Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment Skill: This skill was developed by Mosby's Clinical Experts to provide information needed to initiate and maintain isolation precautions, and includes general information, procedural steps, and checklists for the donning and doffing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ). The content is based on recommendations from the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- Ebola virus disease patient education: ExitCare Patient Information that outlines the causes, symptoms (both early and late), diagnosis, treatment, home care instructions and conditions under which a person should seek medical care.
- Ebola virus disease information patient education: ExitCare Patient Information that answers questions such as: How can Ebola be prevented? How do healthcare providers diagnose Ebola? What treatment is available and How should the home and clothing of a person with Ebola be cleaned to keep other household members safe?
In the media
Various Elsevier authors are speaking and writing about Ebola for media outlets worldwide. Here's a sample. We will continue to update this list:
- Dr. Thomas Geisbart talks about Ebola containment on National Public Radio. Dr. Geisbart is a virologist and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His article on Ebola haemorrhagic fever (albeit dated March 2011) is currently one of the most downloaded articles in The Lancet today.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci is writing the Ebola Update on the White House Blog. Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, has authored or co-authored several Elsevier books, including Hepatitis C (2000) and Emerging Infections (2000) and the current Antibody Production in Man: In Vitro Synthesis and Clinical Implications. Dr Fauci was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine on "Ebola — Underscoring the Global Disparities in Health Care Resources."
The following experts are contributing editors to Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 8th Edition (Elsevier, 2014)
- IEbola Discoverer Peter Piot in Spiegel Online International. Dr. Piot, MD, PhD, was part of the team that discovered Ebola in 1976.
- Michael T. Osterholm, Phd, MPH, is interviewed on PBS Frontline
- Lindsey R. Baden, MD, has contributed to two editorials in NEJM: "Out of Africa — Caring for Patients with Ebola" and "Ebola and Quarantine."