The Ebola outbreak that started in Africa has become a major health issue for the United States. When the virus surfaced, many feared that it would be brought back from Africa and infect North America. The world health organization (WHD) explains that Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The WHD elaborated by saying, “The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.
” During the mid-summer, Tom Frieden, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated, “Two American healthcare workers infected with Ebola while working in West Africa were successfully treated at Emory University Hospital. ” He continued to express how the team used control practices when treating the patients, so the disease did not spread to them or anyone else. With the spreading of Ebola throughout the world many prevention and control recommendations have been released such as hygiene, healthcare protocol, and flight regulations.
Throughout the Ebola epidemic, hygiene has been an enormous point in the prevention of spreading Ebola. When Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced there was no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola many people began to panic. CDC came forth with many instructions and guidelines for hygiene during this Ebola epidemic. One of the instructions was to pay close attention to you hygiene and others surrounding you. CDC recommends being aware of items that have come into contact by an infected person, their blood, or bodily fluid. When coming in contact with a person’s bodily fluids and/or blood, CDC advises wash your hands.