Deadly Virus: Ebola Overview (2 CEU’s)

· November 27, 2014

Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is one of the most lethal viruses that infects humans and primates. It is a highly virulent communicable pathogens that cause life-threatening systemic illness and hemorrhagic fever.  Ebola is extremely infectious where a small amount of exposure to the virus can cause illness. Laboratory experiments on non-human primates suggest that even a single virus may be enough to trigger a fatal infection. It is considered more deadlier than AIDS, the onset is quick and those who succumb to the disease can die as quickly as within a week after the onset of symptoms. The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. It has a high mortality rate that ranges from 53-88%. It is currently endemic in West Africa where as of this publication, WHO reports that nearly 6,000 people have died from the current outbreak of the Ebola virus and the situation has continued to deteriorate in some areas. It is important to note that Ebola is no longer a tropical disease that only occurs in isolated regions of Africa. It has crossed the borders through infected persons to the US and Europe

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the Nurse Assistant will be able to;

  • Define Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola HF)
  • Describe the clinical features of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EVD)
  • List five ways EVD is transmitted from human-to-human
  • Understand the screening process for the identification of probable and possible cases of EVD
  • Demonstrate understanding of appropriate isolation precautions to use to safely manage patients with EVD.


Instructions for taking the course

To complete the course successfully, you must go through all the lessons below. You MUST mark each lesson as complete by clicking the MARK COMPLETE BUTTON. If you do not click the mark complete button, you will not be allowed to proceed to the next lesson. Please notice that all lessons have a minimum set amount of time that you are expected to spend on each lesson. You will not be allowed to Mark the Lesson Complete until the timer resets to zero; that is, until the minimum time set for the course has passed. For example if lesson A has an allocated minimum time of 10 minutes, you will have to wait 10 minutes before you can mark Lesson A complete. The Mark Complete button for lesson A will be grayed out and will not become active until 10 minutes are over.

WARNINGIf you forget to click the Mark Complete button done, you will be prompted to go back to that lesson again and have to wait till the allocated timed minutes resets to zero again before the Mark Complete button becomes active. After all lessons are completed and they are Marked Completed, you will then be allowed to take the post test. If you successfully pass the quiz, you will earn CEU’s for this course and you can proceed to print out your certificate.


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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 2 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate