CDC/WHO Ebola recommendations may put sewer workers at risk

Haas CN, et al. Water Environ Res. 2017;doi:10.2175/106143017X14839994523181.
April 19, 2017

Researchers suggest that guidelines endorsed by the CDC and WHO for the safe disposal of liquid waste from patients with Ebola virus disease may not be adequate to prevent water treatment workers from being exposed to the virus, according to data recently published in Water Environment Research.

Although Ebola is primarily transmitted through direct contact of bodily fluids of infected patients, Charles N. Haas, PhD, LD Betz Professor in Drexel’s College of Engineering and head of the department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Drexel University, and colleagues noted that there is a potential risk for sewer workers downstream of hospitals and treatment facilities to contract Ebola through inhalation.

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