ADA provides Ebola resources to members



ADA provides Ebola resources to members

The ADA is working with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention to host a webinar to provide to members information concerning the Ebola virus. The ADA and CDA will notify members when the webinar is posted. Additionally, information and resources are posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at A checklist for healthcare providers specific to Ebola is included on the site. The CDC has provided the following information to the ADA:

CDC works with partners at ports of entry into the United States to help prevent infectious diseases, like Ebola, from being introduced and spread in the United States. A person infected with Ebola is not contagious until symptoms appear. Signs and symptoms of Ebola include fever (greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F) and severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain or unexplained bleeding or bruising. The virus is spread through direct contact [CDC emphasis] (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood and body fluids (urine, feces, saliva, vomit and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola, or with objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water or, in general, by food. Dental providers should continue to follow standard infection control procedures.

The ADA has long recommended that all practicing dentists, dental team members and dental laboratories use standard precautions as described in the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health Care-Settings.

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