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Letters Ebola virus disease

Concerns about cohorting of patients with suspected Ebola

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 05 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h564
  1. Martin Cormican, medical microbiologist1
  1. 1School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Republic of Ireland
  1. martin.cormican{at}

Balancing the rights of the individual against the collective interest in preventing the spread of Ebola virus disease is challenging.1 2 One concern relates to the cohorting of patients with suspected Ebola.

Because the presentation of Ebola is relatively non-specific, any cohort will include people with and without the disease. Non-infected and infected people may share space for days. Some …

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