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– Bloodborne Pathogens –

Posted on January 20th, 2014 in ATC News by ATCleanup

Bloodborne pathogens, such as bacteria and viruses, are present in blood and body fluids and can cause disease in humans. The Bloodborne Pathogens of primary concern are hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. These and other bloodborne pathogens are spread primarily through:

 

Direct contact – Infected blood or body fluid from one person enters another person’s body at a correct entry site, such as infected blood splashing in the eye.

 

Indirect contact – A person’s skin touches an object that contains the blood or body fluid of an infected person, such as picking up soiled dressings contaminated with an infected person’s

blood or body fluid.

 

Respiratory droplet transmission – A person inhales droplets from an infected person, such as through a cough or sneeze.

 

Vector-borne transmission – A person’s skin is penetrated by an infectious source, such as an insect bite.

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