(NEW YORK) -- The Metropolitan Transit Authority reassured commuters in New York on Friday that there is no risk to subway riders after a man confirmed to have Ebola was determined to have ridden multiple subway lines the day before his diagnosis.
"The MTA New York City Subway system is safe to ride," the statement said. "State and city health commissioners agree there was no risk to any other subway customers or any MTA employees."
The MTA notes that 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." Additionally, "there is no indication the patient was contagious when he rode the subway" or that he "emitted any bodily fluids on the subway."
The MTA also says that it has existing protocols for cleaning possibly infectious waste from anywhere within the transit system. Specifically, that protocol includes "isolating a bus, train car or subway car so no other customers can enter, providing personal protective equipment and training for employees who have to remove the waste, and ensuring it is disposed of safely." Those protocols have also been updated "based on advice from health experts."
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