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Diseases from Exposure to Bodily Fluids

It is critical nowadays to be cautious when dealing with bodily fluids and faeces due to the risk of infection and exposure to diseases.

Direct exposure to body fluid spills do not result in infection. In general, the risk of human infection from spills is very low. However, risk of contracting a disease from direct contact to blood, urine, vomit and faeces is based on many factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • The infectious agent involved
  • Duration and type of exposure
  • The amount of body fluids/faeces involved in the exposure
  • The amount of infectious agent in the body fluids/faeces at the time of exposure

The 3 main diseases that can be transmitted by exposure to body fluids are: