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UTMB to destroy Ebola waste from Dallas hospital

Health officials say the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in the coming days will destroy medical waste from a Dallas hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola and two nurses became infected.

UTMB President David Callender said at a news conference Friday that the campus has the only licensed facility in Texas capable of receiving and incinerating the biohazardous material coming from the Dallas hospital.

He says waste suspected of being contaminated by Ebola will be trucked from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and placed in a 1,500-degree Fahrenheit incinerator. Any residue not turned to ash can then be placed in an 1,800-degree incinerator.

Callender says UTMB also has a special unit allowing it to treat up to three people infected by Ebola.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article2931945.html#storylink=cpy

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