Infectious Disease Risk

All body fluids and human tissue have the potential for harboring disease. Because of this, cleaning the site of a traumatic incident requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes a zippered, full body suit with hood and booties, eye protection and a respirator.

Protect yourself, protect your loved ones and protect the environment by having all potentially biohazardous materials properly disposed of through Critical Care BioRecovery.

Hepatitis A

  • Transmitted through feces contamination of water, food and drinks
  • Can lead to chronic liver problems
  • Symptoms more common in adults
  • Almost 1% fatality rate

Hepatitis B

  • Transmitted via blood or blood derived body fluids
  • 73,000 new cases annually
  • Approximately 1.25 million carriers in the United States
  • Laboratories have found live Hep B viruses in blood pools 30 days old

Hepatitis C

  • Transmitted via blood or blood derived body fluids
  • 2.7 million Americans are infected with Hep C-80% of those show no signs or symptoms
  • Over 90 varieties of Hep C viruses are known
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined the Hep C virus can survive at least 7 days in dried blood


  • Transmitted through body fluids
  • No cure for either HIV or AIDS
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has found the HIV virus can survive at least 7 days in a blood pool
  • Infection can occur when infected blood has contact with a break in skin or mucous membranes such as the eyes, nose and mouth


  • Transmitted from person to person through the air
  • If a TB infected person coughs or sneezes, they release the disease into the air where it can be inhaled by healthy individuals, who then may become infected

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

  • A type (strain) of staph bacteria that does not respond to some antibiotics that are commonly used to treat staph infections
  • The infection can be minor and local, or more serious (involving the heart, lungs, blood, or bone)
  • MRSA is spread by contact. You can get MRSA by touching another person who has it on the skin. Or you can get it by touching objects that have the bacteria on them