Louisiana AG seeks to stop Ebola ashes burial

Louisiana AG seeks to stop Ebola ashes burial

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is trying to get a restraining order to block the ashes of an Ebola victim's possessions from being buried in Louisiana.

Caldwell began the process after news broke that the ashes of the possessions of Thomas Eric Duncan, the only man to die of Ebola in the United States were to be buried at a Louisiana landfill. “We certainly share sadness and compassion for those who have lost their lives and loved ones to this terrible virus,” Caldwell says, “but the health and safety of our Louisiana citizens is our top priority.”

Reportedly, six truckloads of potentially contaminated possessions were incinerated in Port Arthur, Texas. Those ashes were supposed to be making their way to a landfill in Carlyss, Louisiana.

The Attorney General's office expects the application to be filed on Monday, and they are also sending a letter to Texas state and federal officials, along with various private contractors, demanding additional information about the handling of the Ebola infected ashes.

More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

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