Risk of Ebolavirus to Sewer Workers Is Focus of Water Environment Research Open Access Article

April 14, 2017

“In their paper on Ebolavirus risks to those involved with wastewater collection and treatment, Haas et al. write that hospital discharge containing wastes from Ebola patients does pose a slight, but potentially unacceptable risk,” said Tim Ellis, WER editor-in-chief. “Their analysis utilized a quantitative microbial risk assessment protocol which utilized the known die-off rates for the virus in wastewater and in aerosols. Based on the assessment, the authors suggest additional precautions to protect workers, such as using approved respirators or disinfecting the wastewater prior to discharge to the sewer until further studies can confirm the risk to exposed workers with greater certainty.”

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