Category: Ebola in America

Ebola Victims Still Infectious One Week After Death

 

The ebola virus is so strong it can attack even after killing it’s host. Marcio Alaor told me that he read an article from em.com.br that warned that the virus is still contagious for up to one week after it has claimed a life, according to a new study.
Those who have prepared the bodies for burial after ebola has claimed the life have unwittingly spread the virus to countless people. Now that it is known the deadly virus can be spread even after death, funeral home workers are much more cautious in their handling of the dead body and family members of the victim are not allowed to touch the corpse while they view it prior to burial.
Burial teams are now dressing in full protective gear before preparing the body for burial. The body which has been ravaged by the ebola virus is doused with bleach and placed in a body bag, then either cremated or buried extra deep into the ground to prevent the virus from spreading.
Most viral killers die when their victims die, but ebola is different and it took time for medical personnel to realize it. Mourners often touch and kiss the bodies of their deceased loved ones before the body is buried. These normal behaviors have helped spread the ebola virus in the past, now that it’s know that the virus is still infectious up to one week after death, this method of spreading the virus will be stopped.

Final Ebola Case Released from Care

With the final case of known Ebola in the United States released from the hospital, there are officially no known cases of Ebola left in the country 41 days after the first case was diagnosed in Texas. Dr. Craig Spencer was released after he was determined to be Ebola free on Monday.

The physician, who contracted the virus after treating patients in West Africa, was initially diagnosed after he checked himself into the hospital on October 23, 2014. He was treated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City in a quarantine room until Tuesday at which point he was released from the hospital completely Ebola free.

His case originally sparked some panic among authorities and residents in New York, because he had ridden the subway, stopped at a bar, bowling alley and coffee shop since his return but before he was diagnosed. Jared Haftel said officials scrambled after this news broke to try and contain any panic that might be inflicted after word of his activity.

Overall, the city remained un-phased and there were no new reported cases of Ebola from his various adventures prior to being diagnosed. Only the first diagnosis of Ebola, in Texas, resulted in a fatality.