Why are people catching Ebola in the hospital? AND, what is the irony that the first Ebola transmission in the US would occur the week before International Infection Prevention Week? Every year, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) celebrates International Infection Prevention Week in October to raise awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. This year it falls on the the week of October 19-25, just one week after the first case of Ebola transmission inside the US borders. As an infection control practitioner (ICP), I have always appreciated this time of year because I would use this campaign to help drive my flu vaccine clinics. But now, I'm sure my fellow ICP's are focusing their time on educating healthcare workers and the community about Ebola.
We hope and pray that young Nina Pham, and the second healthcare worker just announced, recovers from this deadly virus and that appropriate infection prevention aids in containing its spread so no one else suffers the same tragic fate as the late Thomas Duncan.