CDC announces plans for wastewater safety guidance concerning Ebola

Oct. 21, 2014

DENVER — CDC reveals plans to conduct interim guidance on wastewater safety and the inactivation of the Ebola virus by wastewater treatment processes in a conference call with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and other water organizations.

DENVER — In a recent conference call with American Water Works Association (AWWA) and other water organizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated it has prepared and is conducting an expedited internal review of an interim guidance on wastewater worker safety and the inactivation of the Ebola virus by wastewater treatment processes, according to a press release.

The guidance, “Interim Guidance for Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Ebola Cases in the United States,” will address basic hygiene practices and personal protective equipment (PPE) use and disposal actions that should be taken, stated the release.

The release reported that the “Interim Guidance for Workers Handling Untreated Sewage from Ebola Cases in the United States” will provide information and protocols for: Plumbers, workers who perform sewer maintenance, construction workers who repair or replace live sewers and workers who clean portable toilets.

Read the entire release here.

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