WHO Issues New Burial Guidelines For Ebola Victims, Calling Safe Procedures Key To Stopping Virus

Media sources report on new safe burial guidelines for Ebola victims in West Africa.

New York Times: WHO Issues New Guidelines on Safely Burying Ebola Victims
“The World Health Organization released a new protocol Friday for the burial of Ebola victims in an effort to slow transmission of the disease and reinforce signs of progress in curbing the spread of the epidemic in West Africa…” (Cumming-Bruce, 11/7).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. refines Ebola response amid efforts to bring outbreak under control by 1 December
“The United Nations health agency [Friday] announced a new burial protocol for Ebola victims aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to the disease for family members as they bury their loved ones in accordance with religious rites amid organization-wide efforts to control the deadly outbreak by a 1 December deadline…” (11/7).

VOA News: Safe Burial Procedures Key to Reducing Ebola Spread
“Safe burial procedures are considered key to reducing the transmission of Ebola in the three most heavily infected West African states. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has developed new burial protocols, which are in line with the cultural and religious beliefs of Ebola-infected communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia…” (Schlein, 11/7).

WHO: New WHO safe and dignified burial protocol — key to reducing Ebola transmission
“A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials…” (11/7).