WaterISAC Advisory: CDC Releases Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Individuals with Ebola

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its “Interim Guidance for Managers and Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Individuals with Ebola in the United States.” The release of this interim guidance was prompted by concerns over the fate and transport of Ebola in wastewater collection systems. Given limited data about Ebola in such settings, water and public health organizations had reached out to Federal agencies to discuss wastewater worker safety and the inactivation of Ebola by wastewater treatment processes.

This interim guidance is intended for workers who handle untreated sewage that comes from hospitals, medical facilities, and other facilities with confirmed individuals with Ebola. It provides recommendations on the types of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be used and proper hygiene for the safe handling of untreated sewage that may contain Ebola virus. The CDC indicates the interim guidance can be used to reduce the workers’ risk of exposure to infectious agents including Ebola virus when working with untreated sewage.

November 25 Webcast to Include Review of New Interim Guidance

A review of the interim guidance will be provided during the “Wastewater Worker Safety: Addressing Concerns on Ebola in Wastewater” webcast being held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET. This webcast will feature speakers from the CDC, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and the Orange County Sanitation District. This event is being hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and Bloomberg BNA. Access the webcast registration at WEF (fee required for registration).

Links to the interim guidance, the webcast registration page, and other materials pertaining to Ebola have also been posted to WaterISAC’s Ebola page.

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