So if this guy was around someone with ebola, close enough to become infected, wouldn't it make sense that maybe, just maybe, his attire and belongings may be contaminated. It is common knowledge and well understood that filoviruses have been reported capable of surviving for weeks in blood and can also survive on contaminated surfaces. I wonder who the lucky guy was that got to sit in his passenger seat, use his arm rests, and tray table for the next flight or two? If surface contamination is not a factor, then why did they just show a HAZMAT team in full protective garb come out of that guys house with black trash bags full of stuff? Boy, I hope they washed their hands.
Originally Posted by HonestJoe
From the CDC: Interim Guidance for Environmental Infection Control in Hospitals for Ebola Virus | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever | CDC
How long does Ebola virus persist in indoor environments?
Only one laboratory study, which was done under environmental conditions that favor virus persistence, has been reported. This study found that under these ideal conditions Ebola virus could remain active for up to six days.1 In a follow up study, Ebola virus was found, relative to other enveloped viruses, to be quite sensitive to inactivation by ultraviolet light and drying; yet sub-populations did persist in organic debris.2