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CDC releases final notice to keep emergency responders informed about infectious disease exposure

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a final notice on emergency responder exposure to potentially deadly diseases.

Highlights include an updated list of potentially life-threatening diseases, including illnesses that have recently emerged, with specifications on infectious diseases that are generally transmitted by aerosolized or airborne means.

The CDC stated, "This notice sets forth CDC's final list of diseases, final guidelines describing circumstances under which exposure to listed diseases may occur, and final guidelines for determining whether an exposure to the listed diseases has occurred." 

The revision stemmed from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, which mandates that emergency responders be notified if a determination is made that a victim had an infectious disease and the risk of acquiring the infectious disease was present.

Emergency response workers can help prevent the spread of infectious disease by wearing safety products, such as faceshields, protective glasses, respiratory masks, and latex or nitrile gloves while in the line of duty.