HEALTH RISK ADVISORY
Individuals entering Crime, Death, Suicide and Trauma Scenes are at
high risk of contracting viral and bacterial illnesses carried in blood, body
fluids and feces.
Handling of items located in scenes where blood, body fluid and bone
fragments are present should not be done by the general public, or good
Samaritans, due to associated health risks.
When blood, body fluids and bone fragments are present, areas must be
cleaned, sanitized and deodorized by a professional
Crime and Death Scene cleaning company
to insure the site is rendered
pathogenically safe and odor free. Experienced, professional Bio-hazard
companies, whose primary business is bio-hazard clean-up, safeguard against
further public health risk, and insure regulated waste is identified, packaged,
and processed in accordance with Federal, State and local regulations.
- HIV AIDS
Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
HIV attacks the body's immune system causing the disease known as AIDS.
There is no vaccine to prevent HIV.
HIV is transmitted primarily through sexual contact, but may also be
transmitted through contact with infected blood and specific infected body
* Research has revealed a great deal of valuable medical, scientific,
and public health information about HIV and AIDS. The ways in which
HIV can be transmitted have been clearly identified. HIV is found in
varying concentrations or amounts in blood, semen, vaginal fluid, breast
milk, saliva, and tears. HIV/AIDS is a sexually transmitted disease.
- Hepatitis B
* Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
is a potentially life-threatening bloodborne pathogen. Carriers of HBV
face a significantly higher risk for other liver ailments which can be
fatal, including cirrhosis of the liver and primary liver cancer.
* HBV vaccine prevents hepatitis B disease and its serious consequences.
* HBV infection is transmitted through exposure to blood and other
infectious body fluids and tissues. HBV is a sexually transmitted
- Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is
a seriously life-threatening bloodborne pathogen. * HCV causes chronic
infection in 75-85% of individuals infected with the virus. 70% of all
chronically infected persons suffer from chronic liver disease. HCV is
the leading indication for liver transplant.
* Persons at risk for HCV infection might also be at risk for infection
with HBV or HIV. 80% of persons infected with HCV have no signs or
* There is no vaccine for HCV. HCV is a sexually transmitted
- Hepatitis A
- * Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) is found in the stool (feces) of persons with
- * HAV is usually spread from person to person by putting something in
the mouth (even though it may look clean) that has been contaminated with
the stool of a person with hepatitis A.
- HAV may be contracted through sexual activity with an infected person.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
* Information taken directly from Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention data.