Preparedness for outbreaks of infectious diseases is a critical, global issue, and several physicians from the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases and other team members from the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit organized and participated in the International Workshop on High-Level Isolation in late April The conference, which was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was hosted by the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC), Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
Representatives from high-level isolation units from 14 countries around the world convened to share experiences and discuss issues like high level isolation unit design, clinical care and personal protective equipment in an interactive forum. This international collaboration provided opportunities for the sharing of information and networking that are of utmost importance to enhance global preparedness for highly hazardous communicable diseases.
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To learn more about the National Ebola Training and Education Center, visit www.NETEC.org