Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 209-

Ebola virus in sterilized wastewater

Beuy Joob1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China

Correspondence Address:
Beuy Joob
Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Ebola virus in sterilized wastewater.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:209-209

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Ebola virus in sterilized wastewater. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 May 31 ];9:209-209
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Dear Sir,

The Ebola virus is an important problematic pathogen at present. Serious outbreak occurred in Africa and became a global concern. The contamination of the virus in the environment is very interesting. The recent publication on “Ebola Virus in Sterilized Wastewater” is very interesting.[1] Bibby et al. “evaluated the persistence of Ebola virus spiked in sterilized domestic sewage” and concluded that “while it remains unknown if Ebola virus may be transmitted via wastewater, these data demonstrate a potential exposure route to infectious Ebola virus via wastewater and emphasize the value of a precautionary approach to wastewater handling in an epidemic response.”[1] In fact, it is no doubt that any virus can be detected in the environment. Contamination in air, water, or soil is possible. The important concern is on the mode of transmission of the pathogenic virus. The virus will not be problematic if it does not exist in the living hosts. To infect a human, the virus-contaminated water will be problematic only if the mode of transmission is in the airborne mode. However, until present, it is still not conclusive that Ebola virus can be caused by the airborne mode of transmission.[2] In case that it is proved that the virus can be transmitted by the environment, the next research focus should not only be the investigation in animals but metagenomics study as well.

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1Bibby K, Fischer RJ, Casson LW, Stachler E, Haas CN, Munster VJ. Persistence of ebola virus in sterilized wastewater. Environ Sci Technol Lett 2015;2:245-9.
2Safari S, Baratloo A, Rouhipour A, Ghelichkhani P, Yousefifard M. Ebola hemorrhagic fever as a public health emergency of international concern; a review article. Emerg (Tehran) 2015;3:3-7.