Ebola waste does not need special treatment

I have received many request to clarify Ebola waste handling from HCW and industry.

Standard Contact and Droplet precautions, and standard waste treatments, will protect you.

I can understand why the requests are coming – the deaths toll is now 2000, the fourth USA case has been admitted to Emory hospital in Georgia, effective vaccines and therapy are in their infancy and the fatality rate is high.

So… standard blood and body fluid precautions will protect HCW handling suspected or confirmed Ebola patients and CDC do not require different handling/treatment of medical wastes for Ebola patients.

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