Ebola unlikely to contaminate mail

The Cayman Islands Postal Service is letting the public know that transmission of the Ebola virus through the mail is unlikely.

According to a release from Universal Postal Union’s International Bureau, “All the Ebola cases detected to date outside of the affected countries are clearly linked to direct exposure to symptomatic patients. This, in itself, strongly suggests that the risk of transmission by mail is extremely low, if it exists at all.”

A press release from the Cayman Islands Postal Service said, “Even if the virus could be detected in the saliva of a very sick Ebola patient who had licked an envelope or stamp …the saliva would dry quickly, making it extremely difficult for the virus to survive, especially given the international transmission times and transport conditions involved.”

Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow further noted that staff had been wearing gloves when sorting mail long before the recent Ebola outbreak.

“Because we never know what’s in the mail, gloves became part of our general health and safety protocols some years ago,” she said.

She assured residents that any mail arriving from Africa would not pose a threat to public health and safety.

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