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MTA Updates Subway Car Cleaning Procedures

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As part of its ongoing Ebola preparation efforts the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has updated its existing protocols for cleaning potentially infectious waste -- such as bodily fluids -- throughout the subway system.

Crews will now have nitrile gloves - a more resistent rubber - and use a 10-percent bleach solution for disinfection, and double bag any potentially infectious waste.

MTA employees are trained to isolate a bus, train or subway car so no passengers can enter.

The MTA also provides personal protective equipment and training to employees on how to remove waste and safely dispose of it.

While the city's first confirmed Ebola patient did ride the subway, the MTA says it is safe.

The agency says the state and city health commissioner agree there is no risk to any other subway customers or MTA personnel.

In a statement they added, "Ebola is spread only by contact with the bodily fluids of a contagious person, and the virus cannot live for more than a few hours on hard surfaces. There is no indication the patient was contagious when he rode the subway."

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