Plans for Handling of Medical Waste if Virginia Experiences an Ebola Case Described in 10/24/14 Richmond Times-Dispatch Article; plus Link to More Information on Medical Waste Regulations in Virginia

Proper disposal of medical waste is always important but is particularly crucial–and more complicated–in the case of the highly infectious Ebola virus, because health-care workers must wear extensive, one-time-use protective gear.  A 10/24/14 Richmond Times Dispatch article,  Getting rid of medical waste if there is an Ebola case is complicated, describes some of the waste-handling and disposal procedures that would be required if Virginia were to experience an Ebola case.

More information on management of regulated medical waste in Virginia is available from the Department of Environmental Quality Web site at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/SolidHazardousWasteRegulatoryPrograms/MedicalWaste.aspx.

More information on the Ebola virus generally is available from the Virginia Department of Health’s Web site at http://www.vdh.state.va.us/epidemiology/ebola/index.htm.

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