Risk in the “Red Zone”: Outcomes for Children Admitted to Ebola Holding Units in Sierra Leone Without Ebola Virus Disease

Fitzgerald, F.; Wing, K.; Naveed, A.; Gbessay, M.; Ross, J.C.G.; Checchi, F.; Youkee, D.; Jalloh, M.B.; Baion, D.; Mustapha, A.; Jah, H.; Lako, S.; Oza, S.; Boufkhed, S.; Feury, R.; Bielicki, J.; Williamson, E.; Gibb, D.M.; Klein, N.; Sahr, F.; Yeung, S.
Risk in the “Red Zone”: Outcomes for Children Admitted to Ebola Holding Units in Sierra Leone Without Ebola Virus Disease
Clinical Infectious Diseases, 2017; 65(1):162-165

We collected data on 1054 children admitted to Ebola Holding Units in Sierra Leone and describe outcomes of 697/1054 children testing negative for Ebola virus disease (EVD) and accompanying caregivers. Case-fatality was 9%; 3/630(0.5%) children discharged testing negative were readmitted EVD-positive. Nosocomial EVD transmission risk may be lower than feared.