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​Ebola virus information given to the American Dental Association (ADA)

Friday, October 03, 2014

Ebola virus information given to the American Dental Association (ADA) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (FYI Dr Bobak and his staff meet or exceed all infection control requirements and guidelines)

"The ADA contacted the Centers for Disease Control in early September about the Ebola issue, and the CDC's guidance to dental professionals remains the same now as then:

CDC works with partners at ports of entry into the United States to help prevent infectious diseases, like Ebola, from being introduced and spread in the United States.

A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola include fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising.

The virus is spread through direct contact [CDC emphasis] (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food.

Dental providers should continue to follow standard infection control procedures.

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