The 2014 Ebola outbreak reminds us that it’s virtually impossible to predict when and where microbes will appear. Pathogenic microbes and viruses can grow, reproduce, and evolve to evade the immune system and the medicines developed to fight them.
Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe and often fatal illness in humans. In past outbreaks, fatality rates have ranged from 25% to 90%, with an average fatality rate in 2014 of 50%. No specific treatment for Ebola is yet available but vaccine testing could begin by January 2015 according to the World Health Organization.
Understanding the risk factors for Ebola infection is the key to reducing the spread. Ebola is very infectious but is only moderately contagious, meaning it only takes a few particles of the virus to get someone sick but it isn’t easily transmitted.
- In humans, Ebola spreads only by direct contact with blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person, or with contaminated surfaces or materials such as bedding or clothing. There has been no evidence of the virus spreading through the air, which is how most contagious diseases like influenza and measles are spread.
- The potential for widespread infections is low in countries with medical systems capable of observing correct medical isolation procedures, such as the U.S.
- While Ebola is the current hot topic, we are in far greater danger of getting sick, infecting others and possibly succumbing to the flu. GET A FLU SHOT TODAY!
- 80% of all disease is spread by hands. Wash your hands at least once per hour (especially during cold and flu season) and after any dirty activity.
- Use hand sanitizers between hand washings but not as a substitute for washing. It’s best to use sanitizers with a minimum of 70% alcohol.
Disaster One regularly cleans and disinfects surfaces that have been contaminated by smoke, mold, and bodily fluids.
No EPA-registered product can make claims to kill Ebola because no one has the virus to test. However, it is generally a good idea to prevent microbes from contaminating surfaces. Disinfecting and protecting surfaces is the best strategy to help protect humans from exposure to certain harmful microbes. With Disaster One’s full arsenal of specialized equipment, cleaners and EPA-registered hospital and tuberculocidal disinfectants, germs don’t stand a chance.
Then with the use of on-site adenosine triphosphate (ATP) testing, our quality control measures can verify that surfaces are completely clean and free of contamination.
Once the cleaning and disinfecting phase is completed, our specially trained technicians can help protect surfaces preventing harmful microbes from growing by applying an EPA-approved protector such as BactiBarrier®.
To learn more about how Disaster One cleans and protects contaminated surfaces, contact us at 800-277-4787.
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