Apartment where Dallas Ebola patient stayed left contaminated as cleaning company stalled by permit issues


(NaturalNews) With an Ebola pandemic only steps away from unleashing hell in America, its government red tape that’s keeping a hazardous waste cleanup crew from disinfecting Thomas Eric Duncan’s Dallas apartment. Forced to abide by permit rules, the hazardous waste cleanup crew is waiting to remove sheets, clothes and towels from the apartment where Duncan stayed because they haven’t obtained the correct permits to transport the hazardous material. Duncan is now quarantined at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, but his family members, including his girlfriend Louise Troh, are now locked up in their apartment, stuck inside with contaminated bedding and laundry.

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta reminded everyone that Ebola can live outside the body on things like bedding, towels and clothes, remaining viable for hours or days, exposing new victims to the virus through simple contact.

The apartment is likely contaminated, because Duncan was released from the hospital the first time that he checked in. No one, not customs, not Dallas doctors and not family members, took his case seriously. He returned home. Not too long afterward, he began vomiting. That’s when he was admitted to the hospital a second time. He wasn’t properly diagnosed until September 30, when a blood test confirmed that he had Ebola. He was quickly cordoned off in isolation. US health authorities have since then ordered his girlfriend, her son and their two nephews to stay in their apartment until October 19. Now they are preparing to move the family members to a new, discreet location. Meanwhile, cleanup crews have been stopped from decontaminating the apartment.

Department of Transportation blocking decontamination effort of Duncan residence

A private company, Cleaning Guys, has been tasked with disinfecting and removing hazardous materials from the apartment. According to Dallas County Fire Marshal Robert De Los Santos, the materials were placed in hazardous waste bags and transported to secure locations, but a permit issue is now stalling the cleaning process. Brad Smith of Cleaning Guys reported that their company needs a specialized permit to transport this type of hazardous waste on Texas highways.

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