The US CDC recently released guidance for residential decontamination and waste removal of Ebola contaminated homes. In cases where the person with Ebola suffered only a fever and no gastrointestinal symptoms, the CDC recommends that the other residents of the home clean normally, with no medical training required.  However, if the Ebola patient experienced diarrhea, vomiting, or bleeding as well as a fever, the CDC recommends that other residents not touch contaminated materials, and that a professionally trained contract company in full protective equipment clean the residence and dispose of the waste.

In either case, the CDC calls for disinfectants with EPA label registration for disinfection of non-enveloped viruses, such as norovirus, rotavirus, adenovirus, and poliovirus. EPA provides a list of disinfectants for use against Ebola.

Companies interested in seeing if their product can meet the criteria for Ebola disinfection can contact Antimicrobial Test Laboratories at [email protected]