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Personal protective equipment (PPE) for airport and airplane cleaning crews in countries with widespread Ebola transmission
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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    Ebola spreads through direct contact with blood or body fluids (such as saliva or urine) of an infected person or by objects contaminated with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. Avoid directly touching sick people or items contaminated with blood or body fluids, and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for protection of yourself and others. PPE equipment should be worn properly throughout your period of potential exposure. During routine cleaning and other activities, follow usual procedures.

    While you are cleaning areas that might have been contaminated with body fluids that came from someone who might have been infected with Ebola (for example, from a person who was sent to secondary screening), you should wear two pairs of waterproof disposable gloves, long-sleeved waterproof gown, face mask, and eye protection such as face shield (preferred) or goggles. You should also wear close-toed shoes; wear shoe coverings when cleaning body fluids from the floor to prevent your shoes from getting contaminated. These protective items are important to protect your skin, eyes, nose, and mouth from contact with body fluids and to keep your clothes from becoming contaminated. You should remove and properly dispose of your PPE (see below) immediately after cleaning body fluids. You should then put on new PPE (if needed) to resume work.

    November 14, 2014: This guidance was updated to simplify the information on Ebola transmission.

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