What can we learn from the recent state of emergency in California due to the Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles counties?
Although this strain of Hepatitis A is quite rare in the US,
the outbreak illustrates that any outbreak wreaks havoc in a community.
We have all witnessed the ramifications of norovirus or influenza outbreaks.
Maintenance professionals should
be prepared for any type of outbreak in order to prevent the spread of any communicable disease.
Hepatitis A can survive 30 days
on environmental surfaces.
That is why the California Division of
OSHA just released preventive measures
that can curb the outbreak including:
- Maintaining a clean and sanitary workplace
- Proper cleaning and sanitizing of workplace restrooms
- Providing hand washing facilities
Hepatitis A isn’t the only virus which survives on environmental surfaces for a period of time.