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.
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.
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.
CDC and OSHA Issue Interim Guidance for Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus
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.
- The OSHA Website provides information about protecting people who work for airlines, mortuaries, laboratories, customs, emergency response and other vulnerable fields.
• 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.
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.