DALLAS – What if Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan doesn’t pull through?
It’s something Dallas County leaders don’t want to think about, but it’s a possibility that will present health officials here with a situation they have not experienced: how to handle a body that according to the World Health Organization, could remain highly contagious for several days.
“It’s been discussed, but there’s been no conclusion,” said Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. “That’s a contingency discussion.”
In early August, medical missionary Kent Brantly became the first U.S. patient to be treated for Ebola after he contracted the disease in West Africa and was transported to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Soon after, the CDC published a document titled “Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries,” which states that the “handling of human remains should be kept to a minimum.”
Written by Jason Sickles
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