Ebola Virus Disease Facts

 

Ebola Virus Disease - What is it?

NOTE: News reports are coming out that Ebola may be airborne via aerosolized/air borne particles. While short lived, and short distance, this extends the potential reach of the Ebola Virus, and respiratory precautions should be taken to prevent infection. Source: CNN.com

The Ebola Virus or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fevor (EHV) is a virus spread by contact with bodily fluids, and symptoms generally exhibit themselves within two to three weeks of exposure. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches. Vomiting, diarrhea and rash follow, and victims can exhibit external and internal bleeding. Currently the highest mortality rate for Ebola (EVD) has been documented at 89%.

There is a current active outbreak Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria in and organizations like Samaritan's Purse are actively aiding the affected areas.

Common prevention includes clothing and protective equipment to prevent coming into direct contact with infected fluids. Enviro Safety Products has an extensive supply of products dedicated to these tasks, and we can supply your organization or home with these products.

How to prevent infection? According to the CDC official website, Ebola is spread through

  • 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 infected animals
  • Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bush meat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats.
  • Contact with bodies of victims as Ebola is still infectious after death. (Reports indicate that many infections in Africa are due to burial rituals)
Prevention is done through avoiding infected individuals, or if you must be in contact, wearing appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). These include protective suits (we recommend the LAKC55414), Boots (we recommend the Onguard ON81011), gloves (HIGN19) and full face protection (3MM6800 masks with appropriate filters. All of which must be discarded if they come into contact with infected material or potentially infected material.

Enviro Safety Products offers a complete line of defense to help fight the battle against Ebola transmission.


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shoe covers
first aid kits
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disinfectant

For information about Ebola Virus, visit http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/.

Enviro Safety stocks and sells products ready to help in the prevention of the spread of EVD, and we can ship worldwide. With extensive experience our staff can help you to provide your teams and personal with protection for hot zones, hospitals and temporary care locations for victims of EVD. Our specialized staff will be able to aid you in timing, delivery and sourcing of your needs quickly and professionally. Give us a call today so that we can help.

Ebola Virus Resources

WHO Official site & information

CDC Official Site & Information

Wikipedia Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Information

Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.