Hospital workers are now coming down with Ebola. This is to be expected considering the lackadaisical and negligent attitude of corporate hospitals and the federal government.
Instead of treating Ebola as a public relations issue, the government and corporate hospitals need to get serious about containing and quarantining the disease. The CDC needs to immediately stop soft pedaling the disease and treat it as a serious biosafety issue.
Biosafety level 4 needs to be implemented immediately in hospitals. It deals with agents that produce severe and fatal diseases – specifically hemorrhagic diseases – for which vaccines or effective treatment is not available.
Here’s what the CDC requires for Biosafety level 4:
1) When dealing with biological hazards at this level the use of a positive pressure personnel suit, with A SEGREGATED AIR SUPPLY IS MANDATORY.
2) The entrance and exit of a level four biolab will contain multiple showers, a vacuum room, an ultraviolet light room, and other safety precautions designed to destroy all traces of the biohazard.
3) Multiple airlocks are employed and are electronically secured to prevent both doors from opening at the same time.
4) All air and water service going to and coming from a biosafety level 4 (or P4) lab will undergo similar decontamination procedures to eliminate the possibility of an accidental release. Agents with a close or identical antigenic relationship to biosafety level 4 agents are handled at this level until sufficient data are obtained either to confirm continued work at this level, or to work with them at a lower level.
5) Members of the laboratory staff have specific and thorough training in handling extremely hazardous infectious agents and they understand the primary and secondary containment functions of the standard and special practices, the containment equipment, and the laboratory design characteristics.
6) They are supervised by qualified scientists who are trained and experienced in working with these agents. Access to the laboratory is strictly controlled by the laboratory director.
7) The facility is either in a separate building or in a controlled area within a building, which is completely isolated from all other areas of the building. A specific facility operations manual is prepared or adopted. Building protocols for preventing contamination often use negatively pressurized facilities, which, even if compromised, would severely inhibit an outbreak of aerosol pathogens.
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