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What is Infectious Waste?

Infectious waste is waste produced within healthcare and originates from the treatment of humans or animals. The World Health organisation defines infectious waste as “waste contaminated with blood and other bodily fluids (e.g. from discarded diagnostic samples), cultures and stocks of infectious agents from laboratory work (e.g. waste from autopsies and infected animals from laboratories), or waste from patients in isolation wards and equipment (e.g. swabs, bandages and disposable medical devices).” WHO proposes that up to 15% of all clinical waste is considered to have hazardous properties (infectious, toxic or radioactive)

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