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Air- and blood-borne diseases reasonably likely to be transmitted to emergency medical services workers – Ohio Admin. Code 3701-3-02.2

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Emergency medical services workers are permitted by law to ask a health care facility or coroner to notify them of the results of tests for certain diseases if the worker believes that s/he has had a significant exposure through contact with a patient.  The following diseases are those that are contagious or infectious and are reasonably likely to be transmitted by air or blood during the normal course of an emergency medical service worker’s duties: 

  • Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever;
  • Diphtheria;
  • Ebola-marburg virus infection;
  • Fifth disease (human parvovirus infection);
  • Hansen’s disease (leprosy);
  • Acute or chronic infection with hepatitis B virus;
  • Acute or chronic infection with hepatitis C virus;
  • Infection with delta hepatitis virus;
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related illnesses;
  • Infection with human t-lymphotropic virus (HTLV-1 and HTLV-2);
  • Lassa fever;
  • Leishmaniasis, visceral (Kala-Azar);
  • Leptospirosis;
  • Listeriosis pneumonia;
  • Measles (rubeola);
  • Meningococcal infection (neisseria meningitidis);
  • Mumps (infectious parotitis);
  • Pertussis (whooping cough);
  • Pneumonic plague (yersinia pestis);
  • Rabies;
  • Rubella (German measles);
  • Tuberculosis; and
  • Varicella (herpes zoster) infection, including chicken-pox, disseminated varicella, varicella pneumonia, and shingles.

Current as of June 2015