Dáil to hear of Ebola plans; pathologists warned against post mortems on victims

Dáil to hear of Ebola plans; pathologists warned against post mortems on victims

The Dáil's Health Committee is to hear this morning what preparations are in place to deal with any threat from Ebola here.

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the HSE's chief medical officer Tony Holohan will address TDs and Senators on ways the health service could deal with a potential outbreak.

The Irish Medical Organisation met HSE officials last night to discuss contingency plans.

Committee chairman Jerry Buttimer said it was important "that people’s fears about a potential outbreak of the virus are allayed and calmed".

Meanwhile, Irish pathologists have been told by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre not to carry out a post mortem on anyone who has died from the Ebola virus.

If a diagnosis of Ebola has not been confirmed in a deceased person, doctors have been asked to consult the National Isolation Unit in Dublin's Mater Hospital before proceeding with a post mortem.

The guidelines warn Ebola can be transmitted in post mortem care settings in different ways. These include:

* Through splashes of blood or other body fluids such as urine, saliva, faeces to unprotected eyes, mouth or nose, which occur during post-mortem care;

* By laceration and puncture with contaminated instruments used during post-mortem care;

* Through direct handling of human remains without appropriate personal protective equipment.

Only personnel trained in handling infected human remains and wearing a protective suit should touch or move Ebola-infected remains, the Centre warned.

More on this topic

UN says Ebola not yet a global emergencyUN says Ebola not yet a global emergency

VIDEO: Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey visited school day before hospital readmissionVIDEO: Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey visited school day before hospital readmission

Soldiers coming home from Ebola-hit Sierra LeoneSoldiers coming home from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone

Three-day lockdown in Sierra Leone in bid to stamp out EbolaThree-day lockdown in Sierra Leone in bid to stamp out Ebola


More in this Section

More than 6,000 assaults on staff in Irish health service last yearMore than 6,000 assaults on staff in Irish health service last year

Boy, 6, dies in tragic drowning accident in Co MayoBoy, 6, dies in tragic drowning accident in Co Mayo

Gardaí appeal for help finding missing Meath teenGardaí appeal for help finding missing Meath teen

Coronavirus: Irish tourists in Peru on way homeCoronavirus: Irish tourists in Peru on way home


Lifestyle

Ellie O’Byrne rounds up some of the virtual gigs, films and other eventsArts Noticeboard: Online entertainment options

It’s 25 years since Toy Story first stunned us with its brilliance. Esther McCarthy looks back onJohn Lasseter’s masterpiece and why it’s regarded as a milestone of modern cinemaInfinity and beyond: How Toy Story altered movie history

All the wines recommended this week are available for delivery.Wine with Leslie Williams: Looking for a wine delivery service? Here are a few ...

If I could be reborn for a day I’d be a cat. I love their serenity and independence and how they always manage to find that one shaft of sunlight.This Much I Know: Broadcaster, Mary Kennedy

More From The Irish Examiner