Updated: February 9, 2015
Funeral homes routinely care for individuals who die from contagious diseases and are well-trained to handle these situations using universal precautions that protect the health and safety of staff and the community at-large. Given the serious nature of Ebola, NFDA knows that you are acutely aware of the importance of taking every known precaution – in accordance with the guidance that has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – should you be asked to take an individual who died from an Ebola infection into your care. NFDA has compiled a variety of resources to help you be as safe as possible when handling the bodies of people who have died from an Ebola infection.
Helpful Hint: You can easily access this page, which will be kept updated as new information becomes available, by typing www.nfda.org/ebola into your Internet browser's address bar.
NFDA Webinar: Are You Ready for an Ebola Call? Critical Actions & Key Safety Practices for Funeral Professionals
This webinar, which was recorded on November 18, 2014, will answer your questions about dealing with an Ebola death. It will identify the issues you must evaluate prior to handling a death, as well as the safest step-by-step practices to handle decedents.
Please review this this important introduction prior to watching the recorded session below (the introduction was not recorded due to technical difficulties; please review it for the information).
If you have questions about the CDC's guidance, please contact the CDC at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or Contact CDC-INFO.
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