ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County Coroner and Public Health officials warned South Georgia funeral homes on Monday about protecting people from infectious diseases in the deceased.
OSHA requires embalmers to wear protective equipment like respirators and full protection suits when embalming a body, but officials worry they are often not used.
With new diseases or viruses like Zika spreading across the world, health officials said that the safety measures are necessary to protect the community.
"We can't operate like we did in the 60's. We have to put on more protection now. There are more viruses out there and they are more deadly now. So we have got to look out for the public, not just only for the funeral home, but look out for the public," said Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.
Public health officials and Coroner Michael Fowler told funeral home employees that some viruses and diseases can be spread quickly from the bodies of victims.