Water Research Foundation: Ebola not a waterborne illness

Water Research Foundation: Ebola not a waterborne illness

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The City of Akron wants to assure residents that Ebola cannot be spread through the drinking water supply.

After an Ebola-infected nurse visited the area, the entire Northeast Ohio region has been on high alert. 

Citing facts from the Water Research Foundation, they reinforce the fact that Ebola is spread only through direct contact with an infected person's bodily fluids. 

The city released the following statement Thursday evening: 

The City of Akron, Drinking Water Supply Bureau has received inquiries regarding concerns of the drinking water supply and the Ebola virus. Below are a few facts and resources that have been provided to Akron by the internationally recognized leader in drinking water research, the Water Research Foundation to reinforce that Ebola cannot spread through the drinking water supply.

"Ebola is not a foodborne, waterborne, or airborne illness. The virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with infected bodily fluids (e.g., blood, vomit, feces). Researchers believe that Ebola survives in water for only a matter of minutes. This is because water does not provide the same environment as our bodily fluids."

Akron Water Supply Bureau provides 35 million gallons of drinking water to customers each day.

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