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Is Ebola a Threat to your Employees?

Julie Copeland

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There’s a lot of anxiety in the United States about the first confirmed case of Ebola – a severe,DuPont ebola image
often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates. However, the experts are saying that the chance of Ebola spreading in the United States is close to zero.

As someone who travels frequently and spends a lot of time on airplanes, there’s always a concern of exposure in confined spaces... and exposing it to others. The CDC does not recommend that people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring. Ebola is contagious only if the person is experiencing active symptoms. But anyone concerned may call 800-CDC-INFO.

The fear with Ebola is elevated because there is currently no vaccine, and more than 3,000 people have died because of the disease. Several experimental vaccines are being developed.  A few Ebola patients have received these experimental drugs, although supplies of one have been exhausted and supplies of another are very low.

The virus is transmitted from wild animals to humans. Humans spread the virus through contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person, as well as exposure to objects like contaminated needles, according to the CDC. Though the threat is minimal, it is important to have awarenes and to know the symptoms.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides informative literature on the transmission, signs, treatment and prevention of Ebola. Use the following link to learn more form the CDC: http://www.safetybanners.org/FREE_EBOLA_Fact%20Sheets_Download.phps and to know the symptoms.

For those organizations in need of general guidance of Protective Apparel based on recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF), DuPont has released a Technical Bulletin with very good information. You can read more here: http://www.dupont.com/content/dam/assets/products-and-services/personal-protective-equipment/assets/DPP14_20240_Ebola_Tech_Bulletin_%2091114b.pdf

Dupont - Protective ClothingOfficials have been increasing surveillance and lab testing capacity in the United States. Additionally, tools are being developed for health departments to hold public health investigations and giving recommendations for infection control.

It has been reported that the CDC has also been giving guidance to flight crews, Emergency Medical Service units at airports and Customs and Border Protection officers about how to report sick travelers to the agency.

The belief is that the CDC can stem any potential spread thorough isolation of ill people, contacting people exposed to the ill person and further isolation of contacts if they develop symptoms.

Routine care provided in American hospitals and intensive care units can save lives. This includes monitoring patient's blood pressure, keeping them hydrated or helping them breathe – with machines, if necessary. This level of medical care can keep patients alive until their immune system fights off the virus.

At Arbill your employee health and safety is important to us.  Visit Arbill.com or contact your Arbill representative to find out how we can help keep your employees safe and help you build a culture of safety within your organization. 

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, culture of safety, protect workers on the job, workplace illness, CDC, Dupont, healthy work environment

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