Although #EVD and #EHF are #BSL-4 containment specimens, those of us living in the good ol’ US-of-A - and not traveling - have microscopically-slim-to-no chances of finding ourselves victims of C&D process, (even though we knowingly brought two patients to the #CDC HQ in #Atlanta.) The US has an amazingly talented, efficient, and successful epi/pandemic preventative AND reactionary response protocol…which somehow manages to be so dynamic that it is simultaneously ultraconservative and radical. So fear not, my fleshy friends, the days of #TheWalkingDead are not yet upon us!
BSL: Biosafety level*
C&D: Contraction and disease
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
EHF: Ebola hemorrhagic fever
EVD: Ebola virus disease
*Biosafety levels: “A biosafety level is a level of the biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed facility. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) to the highest at level 4 (BSL-4.)”
**CDC HQ: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is headquartered just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.