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Preventing Ebola in the Workplace

Originally posted October 6, 2014 by Thomas Benjamin Huggett on www.shrm.org.

With Ebola being declared an international health emergency, and the first U.S. cases of the disease having been confirmed, some employers are asking what preparations and actions they should be taking.
U.S. workplaces fall into two categories of concern in regard to Ebola — health care workplaces and all other workplaces. Health care workers should be briefed on the nature of Ebola and how it is transmitted, and strictly follow infection control precautions. For all other workplaces, returning travelers are the primary concern. Business travelers who visit affected areas should be notified of Ebola symptoms and be asked to be alert to their surfacing within 21 days after return.
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