What Should You Know About Ebola?

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October 8, 2014


Ebola Viral Disease (EVD), also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with:
  • Blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola.
  • Objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released recommended precautions for the prevention of EVD in healthcare settings.  Appropriate procedures include:
  • Isolation of patients with Ebola from contact with unprotected persons.
  • Wearing of protective clothing (including masks, gloves, impermeable gowns, and goggles or face shields) by persons caring for Ebola patients.
  • The use of other infection-control measures (such as complete equipment sterilization and routine use of disinfectant).
  • Avoid touching the bodies of patients who have died from Ebola.

Beth Beck, CIC
Director, Infection Prevention and Control / Employee Health
Springhill Medical Center
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