CDC: Treat all body fluids as infected with Ebola

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 24, 2014

In an attempt to keep Ebola patients from reaching the U.S., the CDC has issued a new warning to airlines, advising them to treat all body fluids as infectious, even on domestic flights, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

According to the report, the update told airlines that if Ebola is suspected, aircraft can be cleaned and disinfected mid-flight, and also reiterated that airline staff have the right to block anyone who appears “ill”" from boarding.

The latest update comes after the CDC warned that the up to a million Ebola cases could be recorded worldwide by the end of the year, and that about 200,000 Africans from nations hit by the deadly virus have visas to travel to the United States, the report said. In addition to the new precautions to airlines, the CDC has in past weeks also provided hospitals and health centers with special protocols on handling people suspected of having Ebola.