Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Safety and Health Topics: Ebola [website]   [open html - 87KB]

This webpage focuses on the Safety and Health topic: Ebola virus (Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD). From the Introduction: "The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes Ebola virus as a Category A select agent. This group includes high-priority agents that pose a risk to national security because they can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person; result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact; might cause public panic and social disruption; and require special action for public health preparedness. Because symptoms of EHF may appear consistent with many other viral illnesses (e.g., influenza, malaria), diagnosis and treatment of EHF could be delayed during an outbreak. Employers of workers at risk for exposure to Ebola virus in their work environments should be familiar with methods for hazard recognition, control, and prevention. This web page provides information about Ebola viruses and EHF for workers and employers. The web page includes sections on: [1] Background, including the origins of Ebola virus and EHF; [2] Hazard recognition; [3] Medical information; [4] Standards for protecting workers from Ebola virus; [5] Control and prevention of EHF; and [6] Additional resources."

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