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Information for Healthcare Providers in Body Recovery from Mass Death

As a healthcare provider at the site of mass death you may be supervising a team of workers recovering bodies or you may be working directly with human remains. Working with or around human remains may arouse strong feelings of pity, horror, repulsion, disgust, and anger in spite of your expectations that you should be able to cope with the experience more easily than others. As a medical expert you may need to take a leading role in addressing concerns about the risks of handling dead bodies. A commonly held belief is that human and animal corpses pose an urgent public health risk.