The Ebola virus and Universal Precautions

The Ebola virus has garnered much attention in the news as of late.  While this is new to mainland United States, this virus was first identified on the Ivory Coast of Africa in 1976.   While the Ebola virus is very serious, your chance of being infected is quite miniscule according to current CDC information.  You can further reduce your risk by practicing good hand hygiene and avoiding certain risk factors such as contact with blood and body fluids of others. 

Magnolia Parkway Elementary School practices Universal Precautions per recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control. "Universal precautions," as defined by CDC, are a set of precautions designed to prevent transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and other bloodborne pathogens when providing first aid or health care. Under universal precautions, blood and certain body fluids of all patients are considered potentially infectious for HIV, HBV and other blood-borne pathogens."

By assuming that all blood and body fluids are contaminated or infectious and by utilizing personal protective equipment (gloves, mask and cleaning methods) the cycle of infection can be broken.  As always, proper hand hygiene is your BEST defense against most illness including the Ebola virus. When in doubt.... Wash Your Hands!

If you would like further information regarding your student's health and risk of exposure to certain diseases, please contact your physician or visit the CDC website at:  http://www.cdc.gov/

 

Nurse Boyd.