Measles Outbreak – 3 Here in Atlanta, Georgia

At one time, measles was a prevalent disease in the United States. Many people have died from the measles and still do in other parts of the world. Due to a vaccine created in 1957, most people in our country are now immune to the virus and measles has all but disappeared throughout the U.S.

In the last month, however, there has been a new outbreak of measles across the United States with a hundred people being infected, over half of them in the state of Washington. Here in Atlanta, Georgia, three children were confirmed to have measles. Although the disease did not spread beyond them, it’s important to understand what measles is and what we need to do to protect ourselves and each other.

Measles Vaccine

A vaccine for measles was created in 1957 and most people born since then have received it as children and are now immune. In the last two decades, however, there is a movement to not vaccinate your child due to misinformation about potential side effects. This has created pools of people who are vulnerable to the disease and who easily catch and spread the virus. Additionally, some people have medical conditions that don’t permit them to have the vaccine or are under the age of one and are too young to receive it. These groups of people depend on those around them who do have a choice to be vaccinated so the virus is not spread.

Symptoms

The measles virus incubates in a person for 10-14 days before someone shows any symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Inflamed eyes
  • Red rash (starts on the face and spreads from there)

Anyone who has the virus is extremely contagious four days before the rash appears and four days afterwards for a total of eight days. Since the disease starts out by looking like a cold, many people have unknowingly spread the virus before realizing what it actually is. Once a person catches it, the virus finds its way into the nose and throat so when they cough, sneeze, or talk, the virus goes into the air and stays airborne or remains on surfaces for up to two hours, ready to infect anyone in the area.

In addition to the virus itself, there can be additional complications due to the disease that in extreme cases can cause blindness and even death.

What do I do if someone with measles has been in my home or business?

If someone with the measles has been in your home or business, you need to let the local health department know right away along with information about the time period of when others might have been infected. If it’s in your home, you need to let people know who have come into contact with the virus during that time period so anyone unvaccinated can either receive the vaccine or keep an eye out for any symptoms.

What if I am showing symptoms?

If you feel you have the symptoms of measles, call your local health clinic or doctor’s office before going there in order to prevent infecting others. If you do indeed have the measles, your doctor will contact the health department and you will need to give them information on where you have gone while you’ve been contagious. Though there is no cure, you can take fever reducers until it passes.

What do I do if there is an outbreak in my area?

When an outbreak does occur, if you are not vaccinated and cannot be given the shot for one reason or another or are the parent of a child under age one, it is recommended you and your child stay home as much as possible, avoiding public areas where you might become infected.

Measles is so serious a disease that the local health department immediately becomes involved. They talk with infected people to find out when and where other people may have become infected and release that information to the public so others know if they were exposed to the virus.

Measles Decontamination

Consider having the impacted area decontaminated by a biohazard cleanup company. Reduce the risk of becoming infected or spreading the measles by having the space decontaminated. This becomes especially important when the outbreak happens in areas such as schools, church, businesses, healthcare facilities or any other area where many people gather. We at Georgia Clean are equipped to clean and decontaminate measles virus. We use state-of-the-art equipment for measles decontamination.

Questions?

If you have any questions about infectious disease cleanup, check out our webpage or call us at 770-766-4562 and we will be happy to help.

How to Clean a House Infected with C. Diff?

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with C. Diff (Clostridium Difficile), it’s very important for their home to be thoroughly cleaned before he or she returns from the hospital in order to prevent reinfection.

C. Diff Spores

Once C. Diff has entered an environment, the spores can successfully live on various surfaces for up to six months waiting to reinfect the patient or cause anyone who touches the surface to become sick. As anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and regular household cleaning products don’t completely eradicate C. Diff, thorough remediation is needed.

C. Diff Cleanup

In order to eradicate C. Diff from your home, you need to clean and disinfect every surface, making sure to include high touch surfaces such as remotes, light switches, light fixtures, bathrooms, knobs, furniture, and cabinets. When it comes to porous surfaces, though, such as cloth chairs or couches, thorough cleaning is nearly impossible without industrial-grade cleaners and professional application.

Three Major Issues with a DIY Approach

  1. C. diff is highly contagious and there is a considerable risk of getting infected if you do not have the proper PPE to protect yourself.
  2. Most over the counter cleaners will not kill C. diff. Simply wiping down the infected areas will not eradicate the problem.
  3. The reinfection rate is high when the affected area has not been properly cleaned leading to another stay in the hospital, and, in some cases, death.

Instead of putting yourself at risk, call us at Georgia Clean for quick and thorough C. diff remediation. With our experienced team, you can be confident all the spores have been eradicated and you and your loved ones are safe from reinfection.

We Use the Latest Technology: Tomi Steramist

Here at Georgia Clean, we utilize the latest technology of Tomi Steramist for biohazard cleanup. With a fast application, Tomi Steramist kills 99.9999% of all C. Diff spores and germs on contact and once applied, evenly treats a whole room at once. Extremely effective and environmentally safe, Steramist requires no wiping and leaves no residue. Safe for both children and pets, it even goes into drawers along with treating all porous surfaces. Once treated, we then use hospital-grade cleaners to clean all touchpoint areas including door jambs, knobs, cabinets, light sockets, and bathrooms.

Georgia Clean is detail oriented. Whether C diff is outside, in a school, home, or place of business, we know how to make sure your property is truly safe. You can rest assured you are getting quality and knowledgeable service and that your house will be safe from any C. Diff contamination.

We Respect Your Privacy

We understand needing professional C. Diff decontamination may be a private matter for you. The experts at Georgia Clean are professionals and we respect your privacy, always treating your situation with the strictest confidence. We will therefore arrive at your home or business in an unmarked vehicle wearing plain uniforms to quickly disinfect the area. Your satisfaction is our priority and you can be sure we will do it the right way every time.

Covering the Cost of Cleanup

When a doctor writes an order to clean a patient’s house from any C. diff contamination, many home insurance companies will cover the cost of cleanup. Contact your loved one’s doctor to ask for a medical order saying the home must be disinfected from C. diff before the patient can return. Take this to the insurance company and tell them there has been a medical emergency in the home and send them a copy of the medical order. For many policies, the only thing you’ll have to pay is the deductible.

Call Georgia Clean for Immediate Remediation

Georgia Clean serves all communities throughout Georgia and the greater Atlanta area. With 24/7 emergency services, you never have to wait for a solution. Locally owned and operated, we are licensed, bonded, and insured.

Give us a call today at 770-766-4562 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have or provide you with a free quote and consultation.