Infectious Disease Cleanup Services
Infectious diseases are any types of bacteria, viruses or organisms that can cause harm or death if a human comes into contact with these diseases through ingestion, inhalation or mucous membrane absorption. Infectious diseases such as C.Diff, MRSA, Hepatitis, and Staph are highly contagious and easily passed between people.
Pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi are invisible to the naked eye and impossible to detect unless there is a notably active infected individual or contamination is highly suspected. If a family member, co-worker or cohabitant has been diagnosed with an infectious disease, or are showing symptoms, it is imperative that the living space be contained and decontaminated.
Any items touched or used are possible contaminates, and in many cases, the pathogens may be airborne. Surfaces, items and even air space need to be decontaminated properly by a biohazard cleanup company that is licensed and experienced to conduct such work. Not doing so puts anyone exposed to the environment at risk of contracting the infectious disease.
The BioClean Team is one of the best and most-respected biohazard cleanup companies in Southern California. We provide infectious disease cleanup services in throughout Southern California, including:
- Los Angeles County
- Orange County
- San Diego County
- Ventura County
- San Bernardino
- Riverside County
Our biohazard technicians are all held to the highest standards with multiple safety, OSHA, and IICRC certifications. Our technicians clean with a three-tiered chemical system which kills gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including: Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and E. coli.
Our virucidal agent is registered to work against Influenza A, H1N1 Influenza A, Influenza A Avian virus, Rhinovirus type 37 and HIV while also serving as a fungicidal against Trichophyton mentagrophytes, Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans.
These specific chemicals and an attention to detail are critical in ensuring that the space is remediated properly and no one contracts the infectious disease. The BioClean Team technicians use specialized techniques designed to decontaminate and kill infectious diseases on both surfaces and in the air.
Call The BioClean Team if you, your loved one, cohabitant, coworker or tenants have been diagnosed with an infectious disease. The BioClean Team can provide our expertise in remediation services to decontaminate your home, business, gym, preschool or locker room to ensure the health and safety of others resulting from any contagious pathogens.
Common Diseases That Need Immediate Cleanup
Often we are called for a home remediation where a family member has open wounds or weeping sores that have been found to be MRSA-positive in a health care setting. MRSA can be found in wounds, mucous membranes such as nostrils or mouth, and lives on hard surfaces for days to weeks. MRSA bacteria can live on surfaces for longer than some other bacteria and viruses because they survive better without moisture.
MRSA is an acronym for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus bacteria that is resistant to certain “cillin” antibiotics, such as penicillin and amoxicillin. Most of the infections are skin, mucous, or wound infections; however, the more severe and life-threatening infections often will occur in healthcare facilities affecting immunocompromised individuals, the elderly and the very young.
The BioClean Team is well versed in MRSA and MRSA decontamination. Because the owner is a registered nurse with a background in microbiology and more than ten years-experience in infection control and pathogens, all BioClean Team technicians are trained within the same guidelines as a hospital staff. The BioClean Team will decontaminate hard surfaces using appropriate decontamination chemicals. Contaminated porous surfaces will and must be removed and disposed of according to the protocol set out by the California Department of Public Health.
Clostridium difficile is a very hardy bacterium that causes intestinal illness and excessive diarrhea. There are many bacteria and viruses that can cause intestinal illness, so it is important to be tested if C.Diff is suspected. Common pathogens that lead to intestinal illnesses include bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, Clostridium difficile (C. Diff) and campylobacter, as well as viruses such as norovirus and rotavirus.
C.Diff is particularly dangerous because it causes excessive watery diarrhea which rids the body of electrolytes and hydration. This can be deadly in the elderly, immunocompromised or the very young.
While the other stomach illness pathogens such as Salmonella and campylobacter survive for short periods of around 1 to 4 hours on hard surfaces, C. Diff, however, can survive for up to five months on hard surfaces.
C.Diff is highly contagious and is passed through fecal-oral contamination, meaning, if you touch a surface with this pathogen that another person has touched and then touch your face, mouth, or nose, you have a high probability of contracting C.Diff. Handwashing is VERY important as C.Diff is affected by soap and water, but has shown resistance to hand sanitizers. These bacteria will NOT be killed by sanitizing your hands with over-the-counter hand sanitizers.
The BioClean Team technicians are well versed and highly trained in C.Diff decontamination and the proper chemical applications.
Hepatitis A, B & C
The Hepatitis A virus, which causes liver damage, has become very common among the homeless community. Major cities have seen an increase in these cases due to the rise of homelessness and homeless encampments. San Diego recently implemented portable hand washing stations through the downtown area due to the Hepatitis A epidemic.
Hepatitis A is also fecal-oral, which means it is transmitted from feces to mouth and through the consumption of contaminated water and food. Decreased hand washing and unsanitary conditions make Hepatitis A more likely to spread.
The Hepatitis A virus often is transmitted when an infected person uses the bathroom and doesn’t follow proper hand-washing protocol. One reason that Hepatitis A is so prevalent in the homeless communities is that, unfortunately, the homeless have limited ways to wash their hands after defecating and often are eating expired food from contaminated areas.
The Hepatitis B virus is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can be either an acute or chronic disease. The virus is highly contagious and transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids (feces, saliva, urine, vomit) of an infected person. Blood often is found in feces, urine and vomit.
According to the CDC, most persons with Hepatitis B acquire the infection as adolescents or adults through parenteral drug use, occupational exposures and household contact with a person who has an acute infection or is a chronic carrier.
The Hepatitis C virus is a blood-borne virus and the most common modes of infection are through exposure to small quantities of blood. This may happen through injection drug use, unsafe injection practices, unsafe health care, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products. There is currently no vaccine for Hepatitis C, and it is the most chronic and life-threatening of the three forms of hepatitis.
Only those with blood-borne pathogen training and certifications in proper PPE should clean blood, feces, saliva, urine or vomit due to the possibility of contracting Hepatitis A, B or C.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that affect the nose, throat and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Symptoms of flu involve muscle aches and soreness, headache and fever.
There are potentially 144 different subtypes of influenza A viruses, not to mention Influenza B, C and D. The virus constantly is mutating, making it very difficult to find a suitable preventative.
Influenza can be deadly for adults over 65, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and children younger than 5 years. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma or diabetes.
Help protect yourself and others from the flu:
- Stay away from people who are sick with the flu.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitizer).
- Try not to touch your nose, mouth or eyes. This helps keep germs from spreading.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze – whether or not you have the flu. Throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands.
- Clean surfaces and objects that may have flu germs on them, such as doorknobs.
- If you have the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. (Your fever should be gone without using a fever-reducing medicine.)
- If you or a loved one has a respiratory illness contact The BioClean Team for decontamination of hard surfaces to reduce the risk of exposure, contaminates and infection
The BioClean Team is well-versed in viral decontamination. The BioClean Team will decontaminate hard surfaces using appropriate decontamination chemicals registered with a level of more than 130 viral and bacterial destruction rating. Contaminated porous surfaces must be removed and disposed of according to the protocol set out by the California Department of Public Health.
Call today and speak directly with the owner, Stacy, who has more than ten years-experience in medical waste management, crime scene cleanup and emergency medicine. Her background in microbiology and chemistry is VITAL to the restoration of your property to a biologically safe level. Call today for immediate dispatch or to discuss your particular situation. We are here to help 24/7/365.
We’re focused on the family as much as the cleaning
The Bioclean Team will work directly with your insurance company to get the cleanup handled in a prompt and efficient manner. We specialize in all types of blood-related cleanup, including:
You’ll receive an empathetic approach to cleaning that helps your family first. Contact The Bioclean Team for forensic cleanups in San Diego and the Southern California area.
We’ll help you through your situation
The owner of The Bioclean Team has been a nurse for 10 years. When you’re dealing with the grief and aftermath of a horrible situation, the last thing you’re worried about is having to clean. We’ve worked with victims and families through all types of crisis and hazardous waste situations in the emergency room and private settings.
Get reliable service from a team that cares by contacting The Bioclean Team today.