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Bloodborne Pathogens: The hidden hazards in non-healthcare settings

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/7/20 9:00 AM / by Megan Malke posted in OSHA, Workplace Injuries, Standards & Compliance, Compliance, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, Worker Safety, Universal Precaution, Healthcare-associated infections, Health, Cleaning, Hepatitis A, Disease, Schools, HIV

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It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

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Hepatitis A Outbreak: San Diego

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/25/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control, Hepatitis A

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Each year, approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of Hepatitis A occur in the United States. Since late 2016, San Diego has been attempting to combat an outbreak of this disease. Hepatitis A is spreading like wildfire, primarily affecting the homeless population and heavy drug users in the San Diego area. On September 1, the county declared the outbreak a public health emergency. According to the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, as of Sept. 5, 2017, the outbreak has infected 398 people, caused 279 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths. “Once Hep A is transmitted in a community like this, its kind of hard to stop.”

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