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In the UK, suspected and confirmed cases of viral haemorrhagic fever are currently managed according to the 1996 Guidance of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, which describes an approach to the risk categorisation of suspected cases. It also provides guidance on patient management including transfer, laboratory investigations, infection control, and monitoring of contacts based on the risk assessment. Confirmed cases are managed in bed isolators ("Trexler units"), two of which are available in high security infectious disease units in the UK. This guidance is under review and may change. Recent experience has shown that communication and reassurance for health care workers and the public are major tasks in managing such cases.


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