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Description:

The emergence of stateside Ebola cases highlighted the need for environmental cleanup methods for Category A pathogens in settings outside of the hospital as well as means to perform on-site waste management activities while minimizing worker exposure risk.

As a result, a National Security Council-led interagency group consisting of the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Labor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response drafted in January 2017 an “Interim - Planning Guidance for the Handling of Solid Waste Contaminated with a Category A Infectious Substance”.

The following two topics address these needs.

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