Recommendations for Preventing the Spread of Ebola

ebola virus

With the presence of the Ebola virus in the United States, now is a good time to review your current cleaning and safety protocols. Is it time to update your procedures and product solutions?

The resources below from a few of our preferred suppliers can help you make educated decisions regarding your facility’s infection prevention strategies.

Clorox Pathogen Education for Ebola and General Disinfecting Guidelines

Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms, including: fever, severe headache, muscle pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhaging. Symptoms may appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8 to 10 days. No FDA-approved vaccine or medicine is available for Ebola. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with blood, body fluids, secretions (including respiratory droplets) or excretions. Ebola is not transmitted through the air or water. Generally, Ebola is not a foodborne illness.

Healthcare workers who may be exposed to people with Ebola should follow these steps, recommended by the CDC:

  1. Wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection
  2. Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures
  3. Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients
  4. Notify health officials if you’ve had direct contact with blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola

Facts About Ebola Virus and Clorox EPA-Registered Disinfectants

Follow These 4 Steps to Disinfect Hard Surfaces:

  1. For heavily soiled surfaces, clean off excess dirt
  2. Thoroughly wet surface by using a disinfecting wipe or disinfecting solution in spray bottle
  3. Allow disinfecting solution to contact surface for minimum contact time (according to the product label), and rinse if necessary
  4. If there’s excess disinfectant or water, wipe off and air dry

Download a checklist of common surfaces to disinfect

3M FAQ’s – Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

The prevention of Ebola virus infection includes measures to avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected individuals, and with objects contaminated with these fluids. Barrier precautions should be used to prevent skin or mucous membrane exposure of the eyes, nose, and mouth.

For those working to control the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak and treat patients, the WHO recommends the following personal protective equipment:

  1. Impermeable gloves
  2. Impermeable footwear
  3. Eye and face protection
  4. Protective clothing
  5. Fluid resistant mask or respirator

Some tasks require additional body protection. For example, administering aerosol-generating medical procedures, certain laboratory tasks and autopsies require respiratory protection.

Learn more and see 3M recommended PPE

5 Benefits of the Rubbermaid HYGEN™ Disposable Microfiber System

The Rubbermaid HYGEN™ Disposable Microfiber System features innovative technology that offers optimal infection prevention, superior cleaning performance and improved productivity. Prevent the spread of recent viruses and infections like Ebola by considering the use of disposable microfiber.

  1. 99.9% microbe removal to stop the chain of infection
  2. Proven to remove C. diff spores
  3. Streak-free cleaning of mirrors, glass and stainless steel
  4. 50% more surface coverage than traditional disposable products
  5. Sanitizer and bleach safe scrubbing strips built in to effectively remove dirt without smearing

Learn more about HYGEN™ Disposable Microfiber

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Kirsten DeHaai

Director of eCommerce Marketing at HP Products Corporation
Kirsten DeHaai is the Director of eCommerce Marketing for HP Products, a distributor of facility maintenance supplies throughout the Midwest. Kirsten has more than 8 years of experience in eCommerce development, brand management, online marketing and communications.