Survivability of Ebola Virus in clinical wastes?

The management of waste from known or suspected cases of Ebola virus infection has taken something of a back seat, with  guidance from the US , and Ireland appearing somewhat late in the timeline of this epidemic.

Notwithstanding, the advice is good though based on a practical assessment rather than a detailed understanding of the behaviour of the virus in wastes.

Now, the CDC has provided Information on the Survivability of the Ebola Virus in Medical Waste.

The information is not wholly evidence-based and does not address survival in waste in conditions of lower temperatures and partial or complete desiccation. Injudicious reading of these new pages, as helpful as they are, may lead to rather cavalier waste management where far greater care is required.

 

 

 

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