Disease Outbreaks

Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaners is one of the ONLY companies in Canadian history to have worked directly under the supervision of HEALTH CANADA for the decontamination of a disease outbreak.

Throughout the world cases of disease outbreaks penetrate the media on a daily basis Listeriosis, Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Meningitis, Norwalk infection at food processing plants, hospitals, retirement communities, universities etc.

The recent Listeriosis outbreak at Maple Leaf Food plants and the Anthrax attacks of 2001, show that disease outbreak control is an integral part of our society and economy.

Different types of infection require various methods of containment. Listeriosis and MRSA are fought with elevated sanitation methods such as comprehensive disinfection and hygiene measures.

Pandemic Influenza

One of the most potent types of infection, and potentially the widest ranging, is pandemic influenza. In the last century, three influenza pandemics have swept the globe. In 1918, the first pandemic (the "Spanish Flu") killed over 500,000 North Americans and more than 20 million people worldwide.

One-third of the North American population was infected and the average life expectancy was reduced by 13 years. Pandemics in 1957 and 1968 killed tens of thousands of North Americans and millions across the world. There is evidence that viruses from birds played a role in each of those outbreaks.

Today's threat is from a new influenza strain, influenza A (H5N1). H5N1 is spreading through bird populations across Asia, Africa, and Europe, infecting domesticated birds, including ducks and chickens, and long-range migratory birds. The first recorded appearance of H5N1 in humans occurred in Hong Kong in 1997. Since then, the virus has infected over 200 people in the Eastern Hemisphere, with a mortality rate of over 50 percent.

During late 2003 and early 2004, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A (H5N1) occurred among poultry in 8 countries in Asia: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. At that time, more than 100 million birds either died from the disease or were destroyed in an attempt to prevent further spread of the disease (WHO).

Thailand reported new human cases of H5N1 in October, November, and December 2005, and Vietnam reported new human cases in November 2005. China reported the country's first confirmed human cases in November 2005 and has continued to report human cases in December 2005 and January 2006. Turkey reported the country's first confirmed human cases on January 5, 2006 and reported two additional confirmed human cases on Jan 7, 2006.