Ebola Virus

ebola

Dear Valued Customer,

As you are probably already aware, the first case of the Ebola virus in the United States has been confirmed in Texas.

It is best to cautiously prepare for other cases that may show up in the United States in the future. Your customers, particularly those in the healthcare industry, will probably start to inquire about extra orders for bleach and other disinfectant items if they have not already. While there is currently only one case of Ebola in the United States, it is natural to fear a disease as devastating as Ebola. Remember that this illness is not spread through the air, only through bodily fluids.

We have pulled together a quick suggested list of bleach and disinfectants that you may review and purchase by clicking the below links:

CLO 30966 Clorox Concentrated Germicidal Bleach, Regular, 121oz Bottle, 3/Case
CLO 31009 Clorox Concentrated Germicidal Bleach, Regular, 64oz Bottle, 8/Case
KIK BLEACH6 Liquid Bleach, 1gal Bottle, 6/Case
BWK 354-W75 Disinfecting Wipes, 8 x 7, Fresh Scent, 75/Canister, 6 Canisters/Case
BWK 355-W75 Disinfecting Wipes, 8 x 7, Lemon Scent, 75/Canister, 6 Canisters/Case

17400                     Combo Mask and Safety Shield

JWP 04337           Virex

Hand hygiene such as hand sanitizer and hand soap, single-use hand towels, gloves and other safety products such as goggles and face masks are recommended by the CDC.

Prevention

Though geared more internationally because of the history of this outbreak, the CDC recommends the following steps if you are ever in an area with an Ebola outbreak:

  • Practice careful hygiene. For example, wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and avoid contact with blood and body fluids.
  • Do not handle items that may have come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids (such as clothes, bedding, needles, and medical equipment).
  • Avoid funeral or burial rituals that require handling the body of someone who has died from Ebola.
  • Avoid contact with bats and nonhuman primates or blood, fluids, and raw meat prepared from these animals.
  • Avoid hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated. The U.S. embassy or consulate is often able to provide advice on facilities.
  • After you return, monitor your health for 21 days and seek medical care immediately if you develop symptoms of Ebola listed below:

Signs and symptoms typically begin abruptly within five to 10 days of infection with Ebola or Marburg virus. Early signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Severe headache
  • Joint and muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Weakness

Over time, symptoms become increasingly severe and may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Red eyes
  • Raised rash
  • Chest pain and cough
  • Stomach pain
  • Severe weight loss
  • Bleeding, usually from the eyes, and bruising (people near death may bleed from other orifices, such as ears, nose and rectum)
  • Internal bleeding

Healthcare workers who may be exposed to people with Ebola should follow these steps:

  • Wear protective clothing, including masks, gloves, gowns, and eye protection.
  • Practice proper infection control and sterilization measures.
  • Isolate patients with Ebola from other patients.
  • Avoid direct contact with the bodies of people who have died from Ebola.
  • Notify health officials if you have had direct contact with the blood or body fluids, such as but not limited to, feces, saliva, urine, vomit, and semen of a person who is sick with Ebola. The virus can enter the body through broken skin or unprotected mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth