Norovirus, Ebola, Ricin

Norovirus– Norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.

Norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United States. Most of these outbreaks occur in the food service settings like restaurants. Infected food workers are frequently the source of the outbreaks, often by touching ready-to-eat foods, such as raw fruits and vegetables, with their bare hands before serving them.

24Trauma is fully trained and has the proper chemicals and equipment to remediate a Norovirus outbreak.

Ebola-Ebola is a hemorrhagic fever that caused damages to the vascular system and bleeding underneath the skin and out of body openings. Humans may spread the virus to other humans through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, saliva, urine, vomit etc.

Initial symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, and chills. Later, a person may experience internal bleeding resulting in vomiting or coughing blood.

Ebola remediation requires extensive training, proper personal protective equipment and decontamination equipment, and disposal methods. 24Trauma is the only company in New England that is fully trained and qualified to perform this cleanup.

Ricin– Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. If castor beans are chewed and swallowed, the released ricin can cause injury. It can be in the form of a powder, a mist, or a pellet, or it can be dissolved in water or weak acid. If authorities suspect that people have inhaled ricin, a potential clue would be that a large number of people who had been close to each other rapidly developed fever, cough, and excess fluid in their lungs. These symptoms would likely be followed by severe breathing problems and possibly death.

If made into a partially purified material or refined into a terrorist or warfare agent, ricin could be used to expose people through the air, food, or water. The cleanup procedure involves Level B Hazmat equipment and special chemicals used to properly disinfect the agent.