How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

February 14, 2015 11:03 AM

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The protective gear worn by Ebola burial teams is critical: A corpse can be contagious for up to 7 days. These workers are carrying the body of a woman who died of the virus in her home in a suburb of Monrovia, Liberia.

People in West Africa often touch and wash the dead in their community. That's a problem when it comes to handling Ebola victims. Their bodies are known to be contagious. And so Red Cross body collectors receive careful training and protective gear before they embark, but it's tough to alter this tr...

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