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Zika 2018 Updates

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/1/18 10:00 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Outbreaks

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The warm weather is in full effect. Sunshine is out, people are camping and out on the lake, and the mosquitos are biting! Most mosquito bites are harmless unless the mosquito that bit you was infected with the Zika virus. This virus was confirmed in the Western Hemisphere only a couple years ago and has not entirely gone away yet. Let us review what precisely the Zika virus is and how it can affect us.

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How To Safely Apply Insect Repellent

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/6/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Safetec Products & Private Label, Outbreaks

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Applying insect repellent seems fairly simple: spray everything and you are done, right? Wrong!

If this sounds farmiliar, and this is the method you have been using for the last 20+ years, you may need to make some adjustments. 

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Zika Virus - Protecting Pregnant Women and Babies

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/12/17 9:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, FDA, EPA, Outbreaks

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Cleaning For Infection Control: Ebola in Healthcare Setting

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/15/16 10:05 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, FDA, EPA, Outbreaks

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Cleaning For Infection Prevention: Ebola

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/7/16 11:48 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in OSHA, Outbreaks

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If you have workers that are tasked with removing the virus that causes ebola from surfaces in your building; it is your responsibility to make sure that they are protected from exposure. This includes the exposure to harmful chemicals as well as to the virus itself.

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Zika Virus 101

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/22/16 12:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in CDC, FDA, EPA, Outbreaks

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CDC and OSHA Issue Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus

 

 

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APIC Survey Finds U.S. Healthcare Facilities are More Prepared to Confront Ebola Compared to Last Year

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/10/15 12:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Outbreaks

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Nine in 10 infection control leaders (92 percent) believe their facilities are better prepared today than a year ago to receive a patient with a highly lethal infectious disease like Ebola.

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OSHA Announces New Website About Protecting Workers in Industries at High Risk of Exposure to Ebola, Including Healthcare

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/17/14 12:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in OSHA, Outbreaks

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  • The OSHA Website provides information about protecting people who work for airlines, mortuaries, laboratories, customs, emergency response and other vulnerable fields.
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CDC Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Known or Suspected Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/6/14 12:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control & Prevention, CDC, FDA, EPA, Outbreaks

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HAND HYGIENE
• HCP (Healthcare Personnel) should perform hand hygiene frequently, including before and after all patient contact, contact with potentially infectious material, and before putting on and upon removal of PPE, including gloves.

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Safetec Ebola Memorandum

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/4/14 12:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Outbreaks

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As stated by the CDC, “there are no products with specific label claims against the Ebola virus.” However, Ebola is considered an enveloped virus similar to Influenza and HIV, so using a product that kills non-enveloped such as rotavirus and poliovirus is highly recommended to kill the enveloped viruses.
The Safetec® product line of SaniZide Plus® and SaniZide Pro® are demonstrated to be effective against numerous enveloped viruses and kill at least one of the common non-enveloped viruses (e.g. norovirus, rotavirus, and poliovirus). The CDC also advises that because non-enveloped viruses are more resistant to disinfectants, a disinfectant with a higher potency than what is normally required for an enveloped virus is recommended at this time.

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