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  • It has always been my personal belief that sometimes it’s the things that we can’t see that can hurt us the most. Of these “invisible threats”, perhaps none is more potentially dangerous to our personnel as the illness and death caused by infectious disease. Even without the threat of Ebola, MERS or other exotic diseases, firefighters face a substantially increased risk of contracting a debilitating or even life-threatening disease such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Multiple scientific studies have documented that MRSA can be found in 50% of ambulances. Other studies have documented....


  • Winter Park, FL - A few short years ago, the Ebola crisis killed more than 11,000 people worldwide and brought to everyone's attention the real threat that high consequence infectious diseases pose to the security of the nation.

     

    The State of Florida is preparing for the next possible outbreak by training local EMTs and paramedics to move patients with contagious diseases safely between facilities. 


  • Dr. Wendy Goodson, biological scientist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, discusses her team’s breakthrough – the Joint Biological Agent Decontamination System (JBADS) – which effectively “cooks” an aircraft


  • A recent study conducted by the University of Washington School of Public Health found that there are 7 places within your firehouse where infectious disease, such as MRSA, may be lurking. See where these 7 critical areas are in the accompanying slide show.


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