If you’ve turned on the news lately, you’ve likely heard about Ebola. It’s a deadly virus that causes fever, severe bleeding, organ damage, and, possibly, death. The virus is native to Africa, where there have been outbreaks recorded several times since 1976. Since March 2014, Ebola has become a near-epidemic in west Africa, where lack of medical facilities and other factors have contributed to its rapid spread.

Though Ebola may never make its way to the Midwest, it’s important that we are as prepared as possible for a potential outbreak. In light of that, here are some Ebola facts you need to know:

  • Ebola symptoms start looking a bit like the flu – fever, fatigue, rash, diarrhea, etc. Eventually, the disease progresses to internal and external bleeding and severe vomiting, which is where the real danger of the disease lies. Otherwise healthy individuals who contract Ebola can often beat the virus as long as they are kept hydrated and get treatment for their symptoms.

  • Ebola carriers aren’t contagious until they show symptoms of the disease, and the best research shows that Ebola can most likely only be passed on through direct contact with bodily fluids. This means that the virus isn’t airborne, like the common cold.

  • Once infected with Ebola, individuals can become symptomatic (and, thus, contagious) in two to 21 days.

  • As of October 2014, the CDC has recorded one case of lab-confirmed Ebola in the United States. The patient had traveled to Dallas from Liberia, and was asymptomatic when he arrived in the US. During his hospital stay, two healthcare workers who cared for the man contracted the virus. Besides this, some US citizens working with Doctors Without Borders and other aid organizations have gotten Ebola. Such aid workers have been treated in the United States under the greatest possible precautions.

  • Currently, states whose airports see a lot of traffic from west Africa are mandating 21-day quarantines for any individuals who have had direct contact with infected individuals in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

It’s unlikely that Ebola will become a major outbreak in the US, but with the potential threat of the deadly Ebola virus looming, the CDC is already mobilizing resources in case of a local outbreak. As a certified biohazard cleanup company, we understand how to deal with potentially hazardous situations like this one.

Our experience with other difficult situations – including crime scene and biohazard cleanup – means that we have the equipment and processes in place to deal with the threat of Ebola. If this deadly disease does make its way to our service area, we are prepared to contain its spread by decontaminating any homes or public buildings where the virus may be found.

Crisis Cleaning is on call to deal with any Ebola outbreaks or exposures in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. If we are called upon to clean an Ebola-contaminated room or building, we have the equipment and personnel in place for same-day cleanup.

Our highly-trained decontamination experts understand how to safely remove potential contaminants – including bodily fluids and materials that may have come into contact with bodily fluids. After removing contaminated materials, we use the latest techniques and cleaning solutions to completely eradicate any leftover Ebola viruses. Once the property is cleaned, we will coordinate with a licensed biohazard disposal company to ensure the proper transportation and disposal of all contaminated materials, per CDC and DOT regulations.

We will also coordinate with local health authorities in case of an Ebola breakout. Our work in meth and crime scene cleanup means that we already have established relationships with most of the local authorities within our service area.

If you’re looking for a company to have on speed-dial in case of a suspected or confirmed Ebola outbreak on your property, Crisis Cleaning is here for you. Call us any time, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re always available through our Emergency Hotline at (877) 260-4828 – even if you just have questions about our Ebola decontamination methods.