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UPDATE : 8/13/15

Ebola Final Disposition Protocol

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries

The Georgia Funeral Directors Association has shared with us guidelines received from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for handling human remains with Ebola. The guidelines are very specific and include a notice that Ebola patients SHOULD NOT be embalmed. Ebola virus can be transmitted in postmortem care settings by laceration and puncture with contaminated instruments used during postmortem care, through direct handling of human remains without appropriate personal protective equipment, and through splashes of blood or other body fluids to unprotected mucosa which occur during postmortem care.

The specific information on infection control for mortuary care personnel is available for download here.

Learn more by visiting the Center For Disease Control website.

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