Sanitation interventions during Ebola epidemic


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Sanitation interventions during Ebola epidemic

Note by moderator: This post followed the post by Barbara who mentioned Ebola in the context of Burundi and UDDTs ( ). Since Ebola is such an important topic, I have moved this into its own dedicated thread now.

Dear Barbara and all,

Ebola is a reason to do more and more UDDTs, not stopping to operate the ones that exist. Ebola is transmitted via bodily fluids, including feces, plus it causes diarrea. A detention time of 6 months in the Tropics would certainly be longer than necessary to eliminate this virus in the relatively dry and aerated conditions of a UDDT (especially if the feces are stored in woven, polypropylene sacks, which we may like to store in a locked room in this case of Ebola).

I do not understand why no one is talking about sanitation in the fight against Ebola, what with all the open defecation and the virus causing diarrea.

This minimalist design of UDDT could be deployed quickly at minimal cost:

Edit: This video gives lots of great detail on Ebola

Best wishes,
Chris Canaday
Conservation Biologist and EcoSan Promoter
Omaere Ethnobotanical Park
Puyo, Pastaza, Ecuador, South America
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