Homicides, suicides, and similar crime scenes are tragedies to begin with, but without proper mitigation, these sites could pose even further physical dangers to those exposed. Blood is one of the most prevalent contaminants found at murder scenes and the sites of violent crimes. While blood is a necessity of life, it can also carry deadly pathogens. ServiceMaster DSI provides professional trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO for crime scenes with biohazards like blood.
The most common blood–borne pathogens that pose danger to human health are well-known to many, and most can say their lives have been affected in some way by these pathogens. The blood–borne diseases caused by these common pathogens include:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): HIV is well known for being a warning signal leading to AIDS, one of the deadliest, most vicious diseases prevalent in the U.S. today. Even without developing into AIDS, HIV can cause serious damage to the body. HIV weakens the immune system and those infected can easily fall victim to other bacteria and viruses. HIV has no known vaccine and the virus will stay in a body until death.
Hepatitis B (HBV): This strand of Hepatitis is a milder form of the virus, but it can still wreak devastating havoc on the human body in some cases. HBV attacks the liver over time and causes liver cancer, cirrhosis, and liver failure. There is a vaccine available, but crime scenes involving exposure to foreign blood should still be treated with caution.
Hepatitis C (HCV): A common blood–borne disease, HCV is highly chronic in the U.S. and is easily transmitted through open wounds, sexual contact, used needles, or other bodily fluid contact. HCV also targets the liver, but it’s far deadlier than its HBV counterpart.
Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF): The blood–borne pathogens causing VHFs are lesser-known to most in the U.S., but with no available vaccine, these illnesses can be just as deadly as HIV, and often faster-acting. VHFs affect multiple organs and bodily systems, causing hemorrhaging and internal bleeding. Ebola and Marburg are two of the deadliest current strains of VHFs.
These blood–borne pathogens have caused enough havoc and pain in the world. Containing them at a crime scene is one way to prevent blood–borne diseases from necessarily spreading. ServiceMaster DSI provides comprehensive crime scene and trauma cleanup in Westminster, CO to contain the potential damage these pathogens could have. Call us at 800.954.9444 today.