Cleaning A Home After An Ebola Patient Leaves

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In 2014, the Ebola virus had made its way into the United States, frightening millions and raising concerns in the public about how best to deal with the situation. Fortunately, the virus was eventually contained – at least for now. But the apartment where the first patient to die from Ebola in the United States resided had to be thoroughly decontaminated. According to the New York Times, authorities completely tore the apartment up, even throwing out the carpeting. So who are these brave souls that you can call for an Ebola or other infectious disease cleanup? In most cases, it's the same company that you would call if you have a nasty crime scene to clean up -- a biohazard clean-up service. 

How Ebola is Spread

Ebola -- as well as many other communicable diseases -- is spread by direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected person, such as:

  • Blood
  • Breast milk
  • Semen
  • Vomit
  • Sweat
  • Feces
  • Urine
  • Materials or surfaces contaminated with fluids

Cleaning up a residence that has housed an Ebola patient could contain many contaminated surfaces and materials and should be left to an expert to deal with as you won't have the necessary protective clothing or training to deal with such a dangerous disease. According to CBS, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that healthcare workers dealing with Ebola patients should wear the following:

  • Covering for your hair
  • Two layers of gloves
  • A liquid-proof surgical gown and boots
  • A mask and face shield or a N95 particulate respirator

Even if you should go out and buy this type of equipment, chances are you won't know how to safely remove your protective layers once you are done cleaning. For example, the nurses who treated the patient who died of Ebola in Dallas all wore protective clothing, but still became infected with this highly contagious disease. Some people believe that they may have been infected while taking their protective gear on and off.  

What a Biohazard Service Will Do

Not only will a biohazard clean up service have the appropriate clothing and equipment to deal with an Ebola or other infectious disease cleanup, they will also know what methods they must employ to ensure that your residence will be completely free of pathogens and also how to dispose of contaminated materials. A biohazard company will also be experienced in gory and disturbing cleanups involving contaminated blood and tissue. 

A biohazard cleanup service should:

  • Secure the scene. It's important that only properly trained and dressed personnel enter the area that is contaminated with Ebola or any other contagious diseases. 
  • Start by sanitizing and thoroughly cleaning the entire home. It's imperative that they treat any and all surfaces that could have come in contact with a patient who has a contagious disease. 
  • Recheck the surfaces with a portable adenosine triphosphate (ATP) fluorescence unit for living organisms to ensure that any living viruses have been eliminated. This device can detect ATP, which is something that can be found in all living cells. 
  • Dispose of all cleaning materials and waste in containers clearly marked with a biohazard symbol. Dangerous waste should never be placed in regular trash cans. 

Insurance

 If you have to deal with an Ebola or other contagious disease cleanup, contact your insurance company to see if it will pay for the biohazard remediation. Even if, for some reason, your insurance won't cover the cost of the cleanup, it is important that you don't try to save money by doing the work yourself. It cannot be stressed enough that a situation like this should only be left to the professionals. 

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19 February 2015

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