The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) categorizes Ebola virus as a Category A select agent. This group includes high-priority agents that pose a risk to national security because they can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person; result in high mortality rates and have the potential for major public health impact; might cause public panic and social disruption; and require special action for public health preparedness.
From the web page:
Quick facts: Ebola Virus and EHF
- Currently, Ebola virus and EHF do not pose a threat to most U.S. workers.
- At this time, there is not an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. The ongoing outbreak is limited to countries in West Africa.
- Ebola is typically spread through contact with body fluids from a living or deceased person or animal with EHF, though some medical and housekeeping tasks may expose workers to aerosolized droplets containing Ebola virus.
- Until a person develops symptoms of EHF, he or she is not considered contagious.
- As necessary, employers should take steps to protect their workers from exposure to Ebola virus on the job.
The web page includes sections on:
- Background, including the origins of Ebola virus and EHF
- Hazard recognition
- Medical information
- Standards for protecting workers from Ebola virus
- Control and prevention of EHF
- Additional resources
Click here to visit OSHA’s Ebola Web page.