Infectious Disease Cleanup and Containment in Virginia

Total Decontamination for Your Commercial or Residential Property

Stopping the potential outbreak of infectious disease is not a task to attempt on your own. At Advanced Bio Treatment, our expert technicians will quickly respond to your home or facility, inspect and assess the scene, and execute a comprehensive cleanup and disinfection plan tailored to your needs.

Whether your Virginia residence, business, medical facility, or other property has uncontained biohazards or even the possibility of their presence, we are ready to help right away. Call now for our infectious disease cleanup services, including:

Commercial businesses and facilities: We know how important it is to return your property to a clean, safe condition so that you can get right back to business. Advanced Bio Treatment offers 24/7 availability to handle any emergency at any time. We work quickly to restore your business to safety and minimize disruption and downtime.

Residential cleanup: If an accident or traumatic event has occurred in your home, an immediate response is needed to ensure the safety of its occupants. Call us any time of day or night, any day of the year, for thorough and professional infectious disease cleanup.

Blood cleanup: Blood and other bodily fluids can contain communicable diseases and pathogens that are not visible to the eye. Anytime there has been a traumatic event in your home or business, the potential that infectious diseases are present always exists. Our experts will safely remove blood and fluids in accordance with strict state and federal guidelines.

MRSA Cleaning and Staph Infection Cleanup

Infectious disease outbreaks can be deadly, particularly among the elderly, the very young, and people whose immune systems are weakened. Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and staph infections can easily be contracted, but challenging to eradicate from the wide range of environments in which they may be found. The MRSA bacterium is often referred to as the “superbug staph” due to its resistance to antibiotics and how difficult it is to treat.

If there is any possibility that MRSA—or other dangerous biohazards such as C.Diff or HIV/AIDS—may be present in the wake of an accident or other event, Advanced Bio Treatment’s expert technicians have the skills, experience, products, and equipment to clean and disinfect your home or business.

Expert Infectious Disease Control and Prevention

Our technicians are trained in the safe, thorough removal of pathogens at the scenes of crimes, accidents, deaths, and other events in which biohazards may be present. We are well-versed in all federal and state guidelines for infectious disease control and prevention, including API guidelines and OSHA regulations.

Speak to a Live Operator Now

The events that can lead to a breakout of infectious disease can happen at any time and a prompt response is critical to protecting the health and safety of the people in your Virginia home or business. That’s why we always have a live operator who is ready to take your call and begin the process that will lead to returning your property to a clean, safe condition. Contact us online or call 800-295-1684 any time of day or night, any day of the year.

Infectious Disease: What is MRSA Infection?

What is MRSA Infection?

“The Superbug Staph”

We at Advanced Bio Treatment have come across various infectious diseases in-which we have had to decontaminate, because it’s our job to provide and perform these Biohazard cleanup services, in order to keep you and your family safe. If you have ever wondered: “What is MRSA Infection” or “What does MRSA stand for?” or even the answer to the question: “How is MRSA Infection Spread? We have compiled some information on the MRSA Infection.

MRSA infection comes from a bacterium: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, which has developed a resistance to commonly used antibiotics that killed the bacterium until recently. Its name describes its characteristics: “Methicillin” is the antibiotic that once destroyed the bacterium. “Staphylococcus aureus” is the name of the staph bacterium that is common in the nose and on skin. What makes MRSA infection so dangerous is the fact that the bacterium has developed a resistance to the common antibiotics used to treat staph infections. It earned its name “super bug” because it is so hard to treat.

MRSA infection can appear in many different parts of the body but is most common on the skin, where it manifests as boils or sores, and where it is also highly contagious. Staph bacteria live in our bodies, especially in our noses. The bacteria are generally harmless, even if they enter an open wound through a cut, which is how most staph bacteria enter the body. Most staph infections are not serious to healthy individuals and respond to antibiotics.

MRSA, however, is a mutated strain of staph that has become resistant to the antibiotics that used to destroy it. The bacteria adapt quickly to new antibiotics and multiply rapidly, making it hard for medical researchers to develop new antibiotics quickly enough to combat new infections.

MRSA Staph Infection Symptoms

Most of the time, MRSA staph infection symptoms appear on the skin:

  • Swollen, painful, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites
  • Pus or drainage from the infected skin
  • Fever
  • Affected area feels warm to the touch

The biggest threat MRSA infection poses is not skin lesions but the problem that the bacteria don’t stay on the skin. Because MRSA resists common antibiotics and is difficult to treat, it spreads beyond the skin and, through the skin abrasions, enters the bloodstream, organs, bones, and joints, where it becomes life-threatening. Some of the life-threatening conditions caused by MRSA infection include blood poisoning, pneumonia, bone infections, endocarditis (heart-valve infection), UTIs (urinary tract infections), and septic bursitis, which are small fluid-filled sacs beneath the skin.

How is MRSA Infection Spread?

You get MRSA infection through physical contact with people who have the infection, by either touching or being touched by objects that are contaminated with the bacteria. MRSA can live for nearly two months on some common surfaces, making disinfection procedures critical in controlling MRSA bacteria. MRSA infection originally was found only in hospital and nursing-home settings where the bacteria was spread by medical personnel from one patient to another through contact with surgical wounds and with catheters and feeding tubes that enter the body. In health-care facilities, MRSA attacks the most vulnerable victims—the elderly and the sick or wounded. This strain of MRSA is called HA-MRSA, or health-care associated MRSA, because it occurs primarily in a hospital environment. It still accounts for the majority of MRSA infection victims.

Risk factors for HA-MRSA include:

  • Being hospitalized
  • Having invasive devices like tubing (catheters, feeding tubes, IVs, etc.)
  • Having surgery
  • Living in a nursing home

MRSA infection has spread, however, into the larger community and now affects people who have never been hospitalized. This strain of MRSA is called CA-MRSA, or community-associated MRSA and is more common among groups of people who have a great deal of contact with the skin of other people, like athletes, children in daycare or school, and prisoners.

MRSA Infection Control

The best MRSA infection control is frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water.

Other important MRSA infection control procedures include:

  • Thoroughly cleaning of surfaces that may be contaminated with MRSA.
  • Keeping fingernails short.
  • Never sharing personal items like soap, lotion, cosmetics, nail files and clippers, hair brushes and combs, razors, toothbrushes.
  • Never sharing unwashed towels.
  • Washing or disposing of gloves and gowns after caring for someone with MRSA staph infection symptoms.
  • If you are infected or are caring for someone who is infected with MRSA:
    • Always make sure the full dosage of any prescribed antibiotics is completed.
    • Never attempt to drain a wound yourself because you could make it worse or spread the MRSA infection.
    • To prevent MRSA from spreading to others, keep wounds clean and covered with clean, dry bandages until they are healed.

Advanced Bio Treatment is here for you 24 hours every day of the year. We take emergency calls and work with your insurance company. Should you need our services, please call us at 800-295-1684.

What You Don’t Know About Blood-Borne Pathogens

OSHA defines blood-borne pathogens as “infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans” ( They include the deadly Hepatitis B and C viruses and also HIV.

The Hepatitis B virus can live for up to a week on a contaminated surface. Hepatitis C can live for up to 4 days outside the body.

Blood-borne pathogens are transmitted via blood and other bodily fluids when the blood or fluid makes contact with the bloodstream of an uninfected person. This contact happens when blood and bodily fluids touch the broken skin or mucous membrane of an uninfected person. “Broken skin” can be as tiny as an insect bite or pinhole puncture created by a needle or any sharp object. It can be simply the damaged skin of a sunburn or blister. Mucous membranes exist in the eyes, nose, and mouth. They also exist in the female genitals.

Some of the people most at risk for contact with blood-borne pathogens are first responders, medical and healthcare workers, housekeeping personnel, and anyone who shares a needle.

No individual, however, is at no risk for exposure.

Some common and potentially disastrous misconceptions we come across in our day-to-day business activities:

  1. I don’t have to wash my hands after removing protective gloves.
    False. Gloves can have tiny pinholes that you cannot see. Also, the simple act of removing them can transfer blood-borne pathogens to your skin. Always wash your hands thoroughly after removing gloves that have come in contact with blood and other bodily fluids.
  2. Dried blood on a surface is not dangerous.
    False. Many blood-borne pathogens can live for days outside the body. Dried blood is every bit as dangerous as fresh blood.
  3. If I don’t see any blood at an accident scene, I do not have to worry about blood-borne pathogens.
    False. Other bodily fluids carry blood-borne pathogens and also have occult (hidden) blood in them and can be as infectious as visible blood.
    Also, blood and bodily fluids are not always visible to the naked eye.
  4. I can place items soiled with blood in securely tied plastic bags and dispose of the bags with my regular garbage.

False. Items contaminated with blood and bodily fluids are considered regulated waste and must be disposed of in properly labeled containers or special biohazard bags and then safely transported to an approved facility.

Most of us never expect to come in contact with blood or bodily fluids, or with the deadly pathogens they can carry, in our day-to-day lives. We therefore are simply not prepared to protect ourselves or others. That’s why we recommend that you leave the cleanup of any accident site, especially if it is large, very messy, or publicly accessed, to a professional communicable disease cleanup company like ABT.
What can we do that you can’t?

A lot, when you consider that your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and the safety of the public are at stake.

  • We use only professional-grade equipment, hospital-grade disinfectants, and OSHA-approved PPE (personal protective equipment).
  • We know how to eliminate all risk of personal injury, cross-contamination, and infection.
  • We know how to sanitize and decontaminate an accident site that involves blood and bodily fluids and restore it to a fully safe, clean environment.
  • We know what can be safely cleaned and disinfected and what can’t.
  • We know how and where to look for hidden blood-borne pathogens that you cannot see.
  • We have the knowledge and equipment to safely package, remove, and dispose of materials that cannot be safely decontaminated.
  • Our entire team is experienced and professionally trained to perform all these functions for you.

We are Advanced Bio Treatment, and we care about the communities we serve. Should you need our services, please call us at 800-295-1684. We give free quotes, provide emergency services, work with your insurance company, and respond 24/7/365.