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Ebola information for airport baggage and cargo handlers
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    People can get Ebola by 1. Direct contact with infected body fluids (blood, stool, saliva, sweat, urine, vomit, semen); 2. Touching objects (like needles) that have the virus on them. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food. However, in Africa, Ebola may be spread as a result of handling bushmeat (wild animals hunted for food) and contact with infected bats. Direct contact with body fluids can happen through broken skin or through the eyes, nose, or mouth. It occurs by touch, droplet splashes, or skin punctures from contaminated sharp items like needles. Your chances of being exposed to Ebola are low when you handle baggage, packages, and other cargo at the airport or pass through the airport on your way to and from your work area. Baggage and cargo handlers typically won't have direct contact with passengers, their blood or body fluids. The following steps are in place at the airport to prevent Ebola exposure: 1) Public health workers will screen passengers for Ebola symptoms as they leave West African countries with Ebola outbreaks as well as when they arrive in the United States. 2) However, a few people may develop symptoms after they pass through screening. Even if someone does develop symptoms after passing screening, you would need to have close contact or touch their blood or body fluids to have a chance of being infected with Ebola. 3) Passengers who are screened and have symptoms of Ebola will not be allowed to enter public areas of the airport. NIOSHTIC no 20047123 Publication date from document properties. niosh-qa-baggage-handlers.pdf
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