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Ebola Update for AFSCME Members

Ebola virusThe American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is concerned about the Ebola outbreak, just like the rest of the nation. But unlike the concerned public, AFSCME members are on the frontlines providing vital healthcare services to the public, including patient care, emergency medical response, hospital triage and environmental cleaning services.

Ebola

Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. It is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) brought on by any of several strains of viruses in the Ebolavirus genus.

OSHA’s new Ebola Web page provides guidance for protecting workers from exposure to the Ebola virus. The new resource covers hazard identification and characterization, medical information, applicable OSHA standards, and recommendations for prevention and control of exposures to Ebola.

What you need to know about Ebola

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. This outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa, and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening.

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