Gist: CDC in USA worries over how to dispose EBOLA Wastes [How did Naija Dispose?]  (Read 3674 times)

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Handling medical waste generated by an Ebola patient proved to be one of the contingencies that U.S. hospitals were unprepared for, a top U.S. health official said on Saturday, adding that it "took longer than we would have wished" to fix the problem.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) thought the disposal issue was resolved on Sept. 26, just two days before the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States was admitted to a Dallas hospital after initially being turned away.

"But it wasn't," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of CDC told reporters at a news conference.

In short, conflicting classifications on Ebola waste forced the hospital to wait for the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a special permit before it could move the material.

The permit finally came through on Friday, allowing Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, which is caring for patient Thomas Duncan to transport and dispose of medical waste such as vomit and diarrhea generated during his stay.

While waiting, the Dallas hospital has held the waste at the unit where Duncan is in isolation, said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

County officials have contracted with a disposal company that has received approval to transport the waste, Lakey said on Saturday, but is waiting until after the weekend to remove the items from the hospital.

- Reuters


 

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