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The first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died from the disease Wednesday and now Dallas health officials are facing a situation they have not before experienced: how to handle a body that could remain highly contagious for several days.
Because Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids, the CDC recommends hospital staff should not attempt to clean the deceased or remove any medical lines or tubes. Instead, “the body should be wrapped in a plastic shroud” and immediately placed in two thick and zippered leakproof bags for transport to the morgue.
“Since they don't have a good handle on controlling the disease itself, they are worried about an epidemic,” Cavender told Yahoo News. “So that's one way to help keep it from going further. Because if we embalm, we are going to come in contact with all the body fluids and everything. With universal precautions we shouldn't, but accidents happen on occasion.”
Instead, the CDC says, the “remains should be cremated or buried promptly in a hermetically sealed casket.” The casket must secure “against the escape of microorganisms” and have valid documentation for being airtight.
“There's really not an airtight casket,” said Cavender, who has been in the funeral business for 28 years.
“The sealer caskets that they sell are not a guaranteed-type of sealing issue. It's not completely airtight because you have to have a way to open them up and so forth. It's not like it's vacuum-sealed,” he said.
I'm sure the lawyers are licking their lips at this one. It won't be long before an Ebola victim will have the right to be a martyr, deserving of everyone's kisses, and should be paraded around the city to remind everyone of the suffering he/she had to endure. Mark my words, the next victim will probably have all kind of new "rights" we've never seen before...yea for unicorns and rainbows....
originally posted by: texasgirl
With the way my city has handled this whole debacle I really hope they do it right this time. But it wouldn't surprise me that they've probably already mishandled his body and not followed protocol.
Let's hope I'm wrong!!