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If someone comes to a Washington emergency room with ebola symptoms they'll be able to test in state for a positive case within 24 hours. If someone comes to a Washington emergency room with ebola symptoms they'll be able to test in state for a positive case within 24 hours.
KENNEWICK, WA - At this point you may be feeling overwhelmed by all the news about ebola spreading in the U.S. Our NBC Right Now team has been researching how the disease can be prevented, tested and treated here.

If someone comes to a Washington emergency room with ebola symptoms they'll be able to test in state for a positive case within 24 hours.

According to Trios Health representatives a special container would hold a specimen that could be transported to a lab in Shoreline, Washington run by the Department of Health. There they can test for ebola. The previous concern was that a specimen would have to be sent to a national lab that would take even longer.

The hospitals are also equipped with hazmat gear and at Trios they have a decontamination process that could be setup as soon as it's necessary.

"I believe that all of our local hospitals are doing everything that they can to be connected together here in this community but also with resources across the state and around the country to make sure that if anything come to the Tri-Cities, we're vigilant, we catch it and we protect our citizens," said Lisa Teske from Trios Health.

The people at Trios say their infection control team is actually using what happened in Dallas, Texas as a case study. About 70 workers at the hospital there could have been in contact with the disease that ultimately killed their patient. 
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