Ebola outbreak

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    CDC Updates on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used for Ebola

    What should you use to protect against Ebola Virus infection? The CDC released new guidelines specifically for the current epidemic. Remember that Ebola is spread through direct contact (e.g., through broken skin or through mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola or with objects (e.g., needles, syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus. The CDC recommends this type of sanitizer/disinfectant: SaniZideUse a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered hospital disinfectant with a label claim for a non-enveloped virus (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) to disinfect environmental surfaces in rooms of patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection. Although there are no products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus, enveloped viruses such as Ebola are susceptible to a broad range of hospital disinfectants used to disinfect hard, non-porous surfaces. In contrast, non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants. As a precaution, selection of a disinfectant product with a higher potency than what is normally required for an enveloped virus is being recommended at this time. EPA-registered hospital disinfectants with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (e.g., norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, poliovirus) are broadly antiviral and capable of inactivating both enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. Sanizide Germicidal Solution is a disinfectant with label claims against non-enveloped viruses (Norovirus & Poliovirus) The following procedures provide detailed guidance on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and on the processes for donning and doffing (i.e., putting on and removing) PPE for all healthcare workers entering the room of a patient hospitalized with Ebola virus disease (Ebola). The guidance in this document reflects lessons learned from the recent experiences of U.S. hospitals caring for Ebola patients and emphasizes the importance of training, practice, competence, and observation of healthcare workers in correct donning and doffing of PPE selected by the facility. This guidance contains the following key principles: Prior to working with Ebola patients, all healthcare workers involved in the care of Ebola patients must have received repeated training and have demonstrated competency in performing all Ebola-related infection control practices and procedures, and specifically in donning/doffing proper PPE. While working in PPE, healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients should have no skin exposed. The overall safe care of Ebola patients in a facility must be overseen by an onsite manager at all times, and each step of every PPE donning/doffing procedure must be supervised by a trained observer to ensure proper completion of established PPE protocols. Continue reading →
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    Watch Live NOW: CDC and Other Infectious Disease Experts Discuss Ebola and Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) Use

    An Ebola educational session is streaming live now for thousands of frontline hospital and other healthcare workers. The event features a CDC demonstration on the safe use of personal protective equipment when treating a patient with Ebola. As our understanding of Ebola evolves, stay up-to-date with national and NYC-area infection control experts and interviews with healthcare workers, hospital labor and...
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    Ebola: What is it? Free Video

    Here's a free video about Ebola for you. Many have been wondering about this modern plague. According to the CDC, Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. There is...
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    NIH to admit Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola virus

    Later today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center expects to admit  the first nurse who contracted the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital while providing patient care to the index patient who died of Ebola. The nurse is being admitted to the Special Clinical Studies Unit of the NIH Clinical Center at the request of Texas Health...
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    Ebola: The numbers are increasing.

    The number of infected continues to rise in what has been clearly defined as the worst outbreak of deadly Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in History. While the CDC and WHO struggle to contain the out break and work toward treatment or cure, Humanitarian groups like UNICEF make efforts to educate with ambitious public information campaigns aiming to reach every household in outbreak areas...
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    Free Ebola Protection Video

    UNICEF tells us how they avoid contact, infection and spread of Ebola: What does it take to fight Ebola? West Africa is currently fighting the largest Ebola outbreak in history. What does it take to fight the deadly disease? Personal Protection Airborne Protection Antimicrobial Wipes Bloodborne Pathogen Kits Bloodborne Pathogen Refills Bloodborne Protection Disinfectants & Deodorizers Fluid Control Solidifiers Germicidal Solutions...
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    Bats & Ebola

    It is tragically ironic that just as images of Bats are appearing everywhere for Halloween, the first death by Ebola in the US occurred. The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died Wednesday morning, October 8, 2014 according to the Dallas hospital where he was being treated. Bats are the likely hosts of Ebola Hemorrhagic...
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    Ebola: Prevention, Protection, Spread

    Ebola HF - it is here. Now what? Ebola Ebola From Pigs to Monkeys CDC & WHO Recommendations for Ebola transmission prevention and protection: Ebola: Protective measures for general public - What you need to know The risk of Ebola transmission is low. Becoming infected requires direct, physical contact with the bodily fluids (vomit, faeces, urine, blood, semen, etc.) of people...
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    Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). An American aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while in Liberia arrived in the United States from West Africa on August 2, 2014. Despite concern among...

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