What are blood borne pathogens?
Blood borne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms in the blood or other body fluids that can cause illness and disease in people. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood and body fluids.
Some examples of blood borne pathogens are:
HEPATITIS B (HBV), HEPATITIS C (HCV), Other NON A, NON B HEPATITIS, HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV), MALARIA
Other body fluids besides blood have demonstrated a viral load sufficient to potentially transmit infection.
These fluids are:
Any body fluid contaminated with blood or saliva in dental procedures.
Body fluids in emergency situations that cannot be recognized.
How long can blood borne diseases live outside the body?
There are a lot of varying opinions on this subject, but we know for sure that HIV can survive for 3 to 5 hours and Hepatitis B & C can survive for 4 to 5 days and some say up to 2 months.
Can I become sick or infected by dried blood?
Yes, some diseases can still be active in dried blood for example Hepatitis which can remain in dried blood for in excess of two weeks.