What an Ebola cleanup would look like in your home

Biohazard teams ready for Ebola response

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If the Ebola virus spreads to the greater Charlotte area and requires the decontamination of a home, apartment, business or airplane, a local biohazard specialist says his team is ready to handle the situation if they are called to help.

Some of the lasting images of Ebola in the United States are protective suits decontaminating the homes of Ebola patients.

"I'm going to be that guy," said Mark Fagala, who owns Fagala Biohazard Specialist in Gaston County.

"We have the experience and expertise to go in confidently and decontaminate this virus."

And they have the protective suits.

Employee Robert Heussy showed us the gear. He, too, would handle Ebola decontamination if called.

"Nothing can pass through the seams of our gloves or our boots, nothing can pass through," Heussy said.

Fagala says killing the Ebola virus is done by spraying and fogging chemicals which kill the deadly virus.

"You spray your chemicals, you let it sit there and dwell and do its job as a chemical."

That sit and dwell time is at least 15-20 minutes, he said.

"The best way is to incinerate it."

Even with a truck full of tricks of the trade and 26 years in the biohazard business, Fagala says he would carry a healthy bit of fear with him into an Ebola contamination site.

"You have to have an element of being afraid of what you're dealing with. Is that going to stop me? Absolutely not."

The Charlotte Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team would work with the Mecklenburg County Health Department to isolate any Ebola-infected scene in the Charlotte area.

National, state and local agencies would coordinate Ebola decontamination. States also have lists of biohazard contractors like Fagala who can respond.


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