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would the ebola virus die through a washer and dryer cycle?

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Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: The way to stop the spread of ebola is to effectively destroy anything that might have been contaminated such by burning
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
Dr. David Lipkin
51 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes, but:: Ebola virus is easily killed by soap, bleach, drying and sunlight. Machine washing clothes that have been contaminated with fluids will destroy Ebola virus. Ebola virus survives only a short time on surfaces that are in the sun or have dried. But if you have reasonable concern that the clothes came in contact with body fluids from an Ebola patient: do NOT touch the clothes and call authorities.
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Ebola Inactivation: Please see “Pathogen Safety Data Sheet- Infectious Substances” for Ebola @ http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/ebola-eng.php ** SECTION IV - STABILITY & VIABILITY > PHYSICAL INACTIVATION. “Ebola are moderately thermolabile and can be inactivated by heating for 30 minutes to 60 minutes at 60°C, boiling for 5 minutes, or gamma irradiation (1.2 x106 rads to 1.27 x106 rads) combined wi
Answered on Nov 11, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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1% glutaraldehyde. Ebolavirus has also been determined to be moderately sensitive to UVC radiation”.
Oct 10, 2014

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