Guideline for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in Healthcare Settings (2007)

Gastroenteritis, Noroviruses Precaution Update [April 2019]

Update: The Type of Precaution for Gastroenteritis, Noroviruses, in Appendix A: Type and Duration of Precautions Recommended for Selected Infections and Conditions was updated from “Standard” to “Contact + Standard” to align with Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Norovirus Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Healthcare Settings (2011).

Varicella Post-exposure Prophylaxis Update [April 2019]

This update aligns with and clarifies the 2013 Updated Recommendations for use of VariZIG.

Update: For susceptible exposed persons for whom vaccine is contraindicated, provide varicella zoster immune globulin as soon as possible after exposure and within 10 days. See Updated Recommendations for Use of VariZIG — United States, 2013.

Environmental Control Recommendation Correction [April 2019]

Correction: For recommendation VI.C.1.c., the pressure differential changed from ≥ 12.5 to ≥ 2.5.

Tdap Vaccine Recommendations [2018]

Update: Current recommendations can be found at CDC Tdap / Td ACIP Vaccine Recommendations.

Appendix A Updates [September 2018]

Changes: Updates and clarifications made to the table in Appendix A: Type and Duration of Precautions Recommended for Selected Infections and Conditions.

Mumps [October 2017]

Update: The Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) voted to change the recommendation of isolation for persons with mumps from 9 days to 5 days based on this 2008 MMWR report.

Edits and Changes [February 2017]

Changes to this guideline:

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Ebola Virus Disease [August 2014]

Update: The recommendations in this guideline for Ebola has been superseded by these CDC documents:

See CDC’s Ebola Virus Disease website for current information on how Ebola virus is transmitted.

Ebola Virus Disease for Healthcare Workers [2014]

Update: Recommendations for healthcare workers can be found at Ebola for Clinicians.