Ebola Virus Disease and Florida Medical Examiners
Published: Friday, 31 October 2014 11:17
Per Dr. Stephen Nelson, chair of the Medical Examiner Commission:
Given that it is far too dangerous to come into contact with a person who died from Ebola virus disease, no medical examiner should conduct an autopsy on any victim of Ebola (per CDC recommendation). Those bodies should be sent for direct cremation or direct burial per guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Cremation should be by heat, rather than bio-cremation via alkaline hydrolysis or any other method of cremation.
Please consult these resources should your office encounter a decedent with Ebola virus disease:
Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries
Florida County Health Department contacts are found HERE.
Florida Department of Health has numerous resources that are found HERE.