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Thursday, 28th August 2014

What is Contact Tracing?

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick Ebola patient.  Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 21 days from the last day they came in contact with the Ebola patient. If the contact develops a fever or other Ebola symptoms, theu are immediately isolated, tested, provided care and the cycle starts again - all of the new patient's contacts are found and watched for 21 days. Even one missed contact can keep the outbreak going.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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