Bloodborne Pathogens: HIV, Hepatitis B and C

Author: ecobear | Date Posted: 18th July 2017 | Category: Consumer Education

Dealing with blood and bodily fluids is a serious matter. BBP or bloodborne pathogens are easily transmitted through bodily fluids. Things like Hepatitis B, C, and HIV, just to name a few, are contracted through saliva, feces, blood, and urine. There are 18.4 million deaths worldwide from communicable diseases each year. Unfortunately, many of these deaths are premature and preventable.

Bioremediation Services Are Imperative

There are more than 6 billion people in the world. As the population rises so does the number of sick and susceptible people who are least able to fight off pathogens. Because of all these pathogens, it makes cleaning up crime scenes hazardous work. There are always bodily fluids to contend with. These are fluids that cannot be thrown in the typical dumpster. They must be disposed of according to the biohazard waste guidelines. The federal and state regulations to ensure safety must be observed. Why so many regulations? Anyone who comes in contact with those fluids is in danger. Did you know those body fluids get trapped in floors, walls, and even on ceilings? If not cleaned properly, these potential bloodborne pathogens can cause people to become sick months later.

The Threat of AIDS

HIV+, which turns into AIDS, is one of the most common bio hazard threats. Did you know that more than 33.2 million people around the world are infected with AIDS? Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome kills pathogens and tumor cells, which protects you from harm. The blood, bodily fluids, and saliva of an infected person is dangerous. All it takes is a cut or some other fluid contact to transfer the syndrome. It takes specialized blood tests, called the Western Blot, to find out if a person is infected. Many have this illness and have no clue. Over 19,000 Americans will die from AIDS this year alone. Though it is not as serious as it was two decades ago, it is still a real threat.

Why Hepatitis B Is So Common?

Hepatitis is often contracted through sexual contact or by using the needle of someone who is infected. The crime scene cleaner must watch for dirty needles, blood, semen, and other fluids when cleaning up a scene. This is especially true when there was a drug overdose. Hep B is a huge risk to anyone dealing with human remains.

This liver condition is either acute or chronic. Over 1.4 million people in this country have the chronic version. The CDC reports that one out of every 26 people in this country has Hep B. That is over 12 million Americans. Even more sobering is that more than half of these people don’t know they are infected. Unbelievably, 100,000 new people will contact the disease his year, and 5,000 will die from the complications associated with this condition. Shockingly enough, it is 100 times more infectious than AIDS.

Hepatitis C – The Biggest Threat Of All

More than 3.2 million people in the United States have Hepatitis C. Of those people, more than 75 percent have no clue they have it. It is the most common blood-borne pathogen infection in the US., and it is the most common cause of death from liver disease. Three percent of China’s population or 38 million people suffer from Hep C. This condition slowly attacks the liver and causes cirrhosis or scarring. Five percent of the cases will turn into liver cancer. It can be transferred through blood, urine, feces, saliva, and cuts. The job of a crime scene cleaner is imperative to make the home safe again.

Handling a crime scene is not for the faint of heart. The family should never have to clean up after a tragedy has occurred in their home. It is vital to wear the proper personal protective equipment and use an appropriate container for disposal. To deal with the hazards at these sites, masks, respirators, biohazard suits, gloves, boot coverings, and goggles must be utilized. Cleaners must use a full scientific process to fully remediate all potential bloodborne pathogens and stains, which ensures it is safe for anyone living there in the future.

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