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Local Hospitals are Prepared for Ebola

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With growing Ebola concerns around the world, local hospitals are prepared for the worst. With growing Ebola concerns around the world, local hospitals are prepared for the worst.
KENNEWICK, WA- With growing fears that Ebola could become a problem in the U.S, local hospitals are taking precautions to make sure they are prepared for the worst.

Hospitals around the nation are doing their best to ease everyone's minds. That includes doing everything suggested by the CDC and even adding in their own additional precautionary measures.

Hospitals like Trios are not only going by the signs of Ebola in suspected patients, but they are focused on asking more questions.  They want to make sure they know if a patient has been traveling and if they had come into contact with anyone with the disease.  They are want all their staff to be prepared.

“It's really important that if at this hospital someone would recognize that right away and then alert the appropriate people so that we can get help.  That patient would then be isolated using the proper precautions according to the CDC guidelines and then that would prevent the spread within the hospital,” said Sue Lemon, Trios Health Infection Control Coordinator.

The CDC said Ebola does not spread by air like a cold but by coming in contact with someone's infected bodily fluids.

Monday, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle announced they will be one of the few hospitals in the U.S. to consider taking in U.S. patients with Ebola that traveled from West Africa.

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