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Reports of threats to cut off Emory Hospital if Ebola waste goes into sewage system
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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Articles in both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal this week that an Emory University Hospital doctor said DeKalb County had threatened to cut the hospital off from the sewage system if Ebola was being disposed of into it.

The articles also said couriers and pizza delivery workers had refused to deliver to the hospital.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb County spokesperson Burke Brennan adamantly denied that any such threat was made.

Emory University Hospital has released a written statement saying the physician had misspoken.

Brennan says the confusion stemmed from conversation county officials had with the CDC back in August, when some water and sewage customers expressed concerns about Ebola.

"We were trying to anticipate some of our consumer concerns with our water system," Brennan said. "That they would probably ask us and some did, what's going to happen with the waste."

Brennan says the county was satisfied with the CDC's protocol of sterilizing any Ebola waste before disposal.

The hospital confirms some couriers and one pizza delivery company have refused to deliver to Emory University Hospital due to Ebola concerns.

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