Besides the Fact That the CDC, On Their Public Pages

…removed from their website the minor statement that they HAVE NO FRICKIN’ IDEA HOW EBOLA IS TRANSMITTED, they’ve left UP an interim guidance for hospitals which says the little wrigglers can survive (“remain viable”) on surfaces or in pools of goo, for SIX DAYS.

How long does Ebola virus persist in indoor environments?

Only one laboratory study, which was done under environmental conditions that favor virus persistence, has been reported. This study found that under these ideal conditions Ebola virus could remain active for up to six days.1 In a follow up study, Ebola virus was found, relative to other enveloped viruses, to be quite sensitive to inactivation by ultraviolet light and drying; yet sub-populations did persist in organic debris.

2. In the only study to assess contamination of the patient care environment during an outbreak, conducted in an African hospital under “real world conditions”, virus was not detected by either nucleic acid amplification or culture in any of 33 samples collected from sites that were not visibly bloody. Virus was detected on a blood-stained glove and bloody intravenous insertion site by nucleic acid amplification, which may detect non-viable virus, but not by culture for live, infectious virus.3 Based upon these data and what is known regarding the environmental infection control of other enveloped RNA viruses, the expectation is with consistent daily cleaning and disinfection practices in U.S. hospitals that the persistence of Ebola virus in the patient care environment would be short – with 24 hours considered a cautious upper limit.

They also recommend “sanitary sewers” for Ebola patients if they, like, have to use a bathroom. Should be easy enough to come by, eh?

8 Responses to “Besides the Fact That the CDC, On Their Public Pages”

  1. aelfheld says:

    You mean there might be unsanitary sewers out there?

  2. Dr Alice says:

    According to Reuters, Patient Zero vomited outside the apartment building where he and his family lived before being taken to the hospital for the second time. I sure hope somebody used gloves when they cleaned it up…

  3. There’s actually very little information that exists about ebola. Up until a short while ago, the transmission source was recognized as from monkeys and bats. Once it went human-to-human, focus on ebola sykrocketed and the response is crisis management, not research.

    Don’t ask me how I know. I’m not at liberty to say.

  4. tree hugging sister says:

    Dr. Alice, my understanding is that ~ in the best contagion control method available ~ used a pressure hose to blast that shit everywhere. At least at his apartment building… I’m sure the PROFESSIONALS (you know ~ the ones to whom Liberia means nothing) were more careful.

  5. Dr Alice says:

    And I had to pick this week to check out “The Stand” and “Rainbow Six” (Ebola plays a big part in the plot) from the library. Good times.

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    It was a prescient episode on the new NCIS New Orleans, too! Shady ‘research’ doctor on a Navy ship injects bubonic plague into a couple sailors’ muffins. QUARANTINE TENTS and poop samples!

  7. Julie says:

    I’m remembering scenes from “The Last Ship”, too.

  8. JeffS says:

    “Sanitary sewers” probably means pooping in buckets, and then burning the feces.

    And won’t THAT cause a furor. Ever smell burning s**t?

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