Emergencies preparedness, response

How to conduct safe and dignified burial of a patient who has died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease

Authors:
WHO

Publication details

Number of pages: 17
Publication date: October 2014
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/EVD/Guidance/Burials/14.2

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Overview

This protocol provides information on the safe management of dead bodies and burial of patients who died from suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease. These measures should be applied not only by medical personnel but by anyone involved in the management of dead bodies and burial of suspected or confirmed Ebola patients.

Twelve steps have been identified describing the different phases Burial Teams have to follow to ensure safe burials, starting from the moment the teams arrive in the village up to their return to the hospital or team headquarters after burial and disinfection procedures.

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