Safe and dignified burials
Infection of the Ebola virus can occur from touching the bodies of those who have died from Ebola virus disease (EVD) as is the traditional practice in the affected countries.
To prevent spread of EVD, handling of dead bodies should be kept to a minimum and burial should be done by teams who are trained to safely bury the body.
During this emotional time, traditional burial rituals and practices may need to be modified so that family members can say goodbye to their loved ones without becoming exposed to EVD. Providing the opportunity for a safe yet dignified burial is an opportunity to respect cultures and traditions and provides comfort to those left behind.
On this page, you will find guidelines on how to conduct safe and dignified burials of patients who have died of EVD.
- How to conduct safe and dignified burial of a patient who has died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease