Ebola: advice about human waste in non-healthcare settings

Guidance about the risk of contracting Ebola virus disease (EVD) from human waste in non-healthcare settings.

This publication was withdrawn on

This document was withdrawn in June 2018. For current advice on Ebola, see the Ebola collection.



This guidance was written during the 2014 to 2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

This guidance includes:

  • information about Ebola virus disease
  • precautions to be taken to avoid transmission from human waste
  • actions to take if there is a suspected case of Ebola in home settings

For healthcare professionals, this guidance should be read in conjunction with decontamination guidance for persons with Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers, produced by the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and WHO guidelines.

Published 20 November 2014
Last updated 13 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance.
  2. First published.