Bodily Fluids Transfer in Ebola

The Ebola virus is transmitted in the bodily fluids of people who have caught the disease, who are likely to be bleeding, vomiting or have diarrhoea. The most infectious fluids are blood, faeces and vomit. In the advanced stages of the disease even tiny amounts of any of these can carry high loads of virus.

The Ebola virus enters the body and infects it through mucus membranes, cuts and abrasions. In theory therefore, anyone who had an infected patient’s bodily fluid on their hand could wash it off with soap and water and not become infected.

However, if before doing this they were to rub their eye, touch the inside of their nose or mouth, or if they had a cut or abrasion on their hand which the infected fluid came into contact with, it would allow the Ebola virus to enter their bodily fluids and they would become infected.

Official Guidance

In September 2014 Public Health England issued new guidelines for environmental cleaning which apply to all locations where there is potential Ebola contamination. These state that any visibly contaminated area including toilets and surfaces touched by lots of people, such as door handles and telephones, must be cleaned and disinfected. Those responsible for cleaning must be fully covered and any cuts or abrasions on the skin must be covered with plasters.

For healthcare settings more stringent guidance for the management of hazard group 4 viral haemorrhagic fevers and similar human infectious diseases of high consequence was issued by the UK Department of Health, also in September 2014. Similar guidance has been issued in other countries, such as that from the American Centre for Disease Control (CDC).

Biohazard Packs and Kits

Biohazard spill cleaning packs and kits are highly suitable for environmental cleaning to prevent the transmission of Ebola through bodily fluids in both healthcare and general settings. GV Health supply a range of packs and kits appropriate for blood, faeces, urine and vomit spill cleaning.

There are many advantages to using a dedicated biohazard spillage cleaning pack or kit. They are easily portable and can be kept in high risk areas to reduce response times. They also provide an all-in-one solution where access to resources such as mops, buckets, cloths, water and safe disposal channels may be limited. This includes areas such as transport hubs where high densities of people make access difficult.

Packs and kits are also designed to be used by non-specialist staff. While all staff who are in high risk areas should be trained, all GV Health biohazard packs and kits are provided with simple, fully illustrated instructions.

GV Health biohazard kits and packs use the latest generation of specialist healthcare disinfectants including SoChlor and Biocide absorbent granules to absorb and disinfect biohazard spills. GV Health biohazard spill packs and kits conform to UK Department of Health and WHO guidelines for safe disinfection and clean up of biohazard spills.

GV Health biohazard spill packs and kits are being widely used during the current Ebola outbreak including by the official British Army led Ebola Task Force. Demand for these types of kits is extremely high at present as a result of concerns over Ebola and we strongly recommend organisations considering purchasing to contact us as soon as possible.

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