Special pathogens present unique public health concerns as they are highly infectious, contagious and can be fatal.
Special pathogens may result in high cost to individuals, healthcare systems and society in general. Please use and share the following resources compiled by CDPHE’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
Visit the Ebola Virus Disease webpage for disease specific information.
If you think your patient has a special pathogen:
Ask about travel history, exposure to persons with a special pathogen, and the patient’s symptoms.
Isolate the patient in a private room.
Call the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: 303-692-2700 or 303-370-9395 (after hours).
Designing a Special Pathogens protocol
Starting the conversation
Online and Live Trainings
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Guidance For Hospitals: Ask, Isolate, Call Infosheet
Public Health Special Pathogen Checklist for Hospitals: First Hour, Second Hour, Ongoing
Ask About Travel History Poster (coming soon)
Making a robust protocol
HIPAA and Disasters: What Emergency Professionals Need to Know
Ebola Information for Emergency Managers (coming soon)
Ask About Travel History Poster for Dispatchers (coming soon)