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Infectious diseases: Outbreaks, Epidemics, Pandemics
Viruses and bacteria are everywhere. Infectious diseases spread even in our age of modern medicine. What constitutes an outbreak? An epidemic or pandemic? Are there epidemics currently happening? What should I do in the event of a pandemic? In this section you’ll find definitions, the latest figures (for example on flu) and our recommendations.
In terms of infectious diseases an outbreak means a sudden increase in the incidence of a specific disease within a delimited community, region or season. A single case can also constitute an outbreak if the disease has never occurred before or not for a long time.
Outbreaks usually involve diseases that spread via contaminated water or food. In Switzerland, for example, various strains of salmonella and noroviruses repeatedly lead to outbreaks.
The origin of the outbreak (technical term: source) can be worked out by means of an outbreak investigation. This involves interviewing the people affected or doing molecular biological typing on the pathogens. Once found, the source should be remediated or eradicated. As a rule this puts a stop to the outbreak.
An epidemic is when an infectious disease occurs very frequently within a delimited area and for a limited time. In Switzerland this happens on a seasonal basis with diseases such as the flu, Lyme borreliosis and tick-borne meningitis (TBE or early summer meningoencephalitis), and in predominantly urban regions, for example with sexually transmitted diseases.
Our role at the FOPH is to analyse cases of this sort, assess the risks and draw up epidemiological reports as the basis for vaccination recommendations, control strategies and prevention programmes.
A pandemic is when a specific infectious disease spreads in many countries or continents. It can put a large portion of the world’s population at risk. The most significant are flu pandemics, which are caused by influenza viruses and can occur at any time. AIDS is often also described as a pandemic.
In Switzerland we’re prepared for a flu pandemic with a pandemic plan. We provide businesses with a handbook and the general public with recommendations for hygiene.
Whether it’s an outbreak, epidemic or pandemic, when it comes to internationally relevant events Switzerland works closely with other countries and international organisations.
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Bacteria are among the fastest growing organisms in the world. And when they carry disease, the results can be deadly. But proper sterilization techniques in the dental office can stop them in their tracks. Frequently disinfecting dental assistant tools and equipment kills bacteria.
Infection control is vital to the safe, effective treatment of patients in the dental office. Proper dental instrument sterilization procedures aren’t just good policy; they can help prevent disease, and even death. Check out these five reasons why dental infection control and sterilization is so important in dental offices.
Dental Instrument Sterilization Prevents Bacteria Growth
Bacteria are among the fastest growing organisms in the world. And when they carry disease, the results can be deadly. But proper sterilization techniques in the dental office can stop them in their tracks. Frequently disinfecting dental assisting tools and equipment kills bacteria.
Dental Infection Control Prevents Spread of Disease
Those bacteria can carry a host of diseases. The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can be spread through saliva. But there are other diseases that can be far more concerning such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV.
Stop Bacteria and Disease in the Dental Office to Prevent Death
Bacteria often carry disease. Disease can cause illness and death. Healthcare infections are among the leading causes of death in the U.S. But they are easily preventable with proper infection control in medical and dental offices.
Protect Dental Staff with Dental Instrument Sterilization
The prevention of patient-to-patient transfer of bacteria and disease is a top priority for dental professionals. But it’s also important to protect the dentist, dental assistants, hygienists, and other staff. Infection control helps keep the entire staff healthy.
Infection Control Maintains the Reputation of Your Dental Practice
One small mistake in infection control could have obvious health consequences. But if word gets out that your practice doesn’t follow proper procedures and puts patients in jeopardy, it could cost you your good reputation!
Steps for Dental Assistants to Control Infections in Dental Office
Follow some standard practices to ensure that your practice, your patients, your staff and you are safe:
- Get vaccinated: healthcare workers get vaccinated for Hepatitis B, the flu, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
- Perform proper handwashing in the dental office: Make sure that every staff member follows strict handwashing protocol, before and after every patient.
- Sterilize all instruments: Make certain proper procedures are followed to sterilize dental instruments such as chisels, cleaning scoops, scrapers, tweezers, etc., after each use.
- Protect dental work surfaces: Perform frequent decontamination of countertops and surfaces with effective disinfectants and germicides.
- Use protective attire: Gloves, masks, protective eyewear, and clothing are among the proper attire to use while working with patients. Additionally, you need to be sure to change gloves from patient to patient.
- Take accurate medical histories of patients: How are you going to know with which patients you need to take added precautions if you don’t know what medical issues they may have? Make certain to get complete medical histories and ask about specific diseases such as hepatitis, recurrent illnesses, infections, oral soft tissue lesions and any diseases affecting the lymphatic system.