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Ebola Patients Generate Over 400 Gallons Of Medical Waste Per Day, Report Says

A single Ebola patient receiving treatment at a U.S. hospital generates eight 55-gallon barrels of waste per day, evidence of a larger problem facing the nation’s hospitals on how to safely dispose of Ebola medical waste, according to a Sunday report from the Los Angeles Times.

Medical waste that piles up while treating Ebola includes everything from masks, hazmat suits and protective shoes worn by the health care workers to cups, towels and pillowcases. Even the patient’s mattress must be thrown out.