Ebola apartment items hauled away to be destroyed

Hazardous material cleaners prepare to hang black plastic outside the apartment in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed last week. The crew is expected to remove items including towels and bed sheets used by Duncan, who is being treated at an isolation unit at a Dallas hospital. The family living there has been confined under armed guard while being monitored by health officials. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Hazardous material cleaners prepare to hang black plastic outside the apartment in Dallas, Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas stayed last week. The crew is expected to remove items including towels and bed sheets used by Duncan, who is being treated at an isolation unit at a Dallas hospital. The family living there has been confined under armed guard while being monitored by health officials. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DALLAS (AP) — The items removed by a decontamination crew from the Dallas apartment where an Ebola patient was staying have been hauled away for disposal. Dallas city spokeswoman Sana Syed said that about 30 barrels were filled Friday with items including bed sheets, towels and three mattresses used by Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan before he was hospitalized. They were hauled away Friday night.

She said that next, everything else in the house will be disposed of. Duncan, who traveled to Dallas from Liberia last month, had been staying in the apartment before being diagnosed. Officials moved four people who had been quarantined there after Duncan’s hospitalization to another location Friday, and they left personal items behind. Syed says the city and county will work with charities and volunteers to help the family refurnish their apartment.

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