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Hospitals Around Yakima Are Closely Monitoring Ebola; Say We're Very Low Risk for the Disease

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The most recent case of Ebola happened to a health care worker in Texas who was caring for a patient who had the disease. That's left a lot of people worried and wondering about whether our medical system is ready to handle Ebola.

Memorial Hospital in Yakima says Ebola has definitely raised awareness about the spread of infectious diseases but this is something that they are constantly prepared for. Now it's just in a different form. 

Hospital leaders at Memorial Hospital meet every morning, 7 days a week, to discuss any emerging diseases and how they should treat them. Central Washington is considered very low risk for any spread of Ebola, but that doesn't mean the doctors and nurses aren't ready if it does show up here. 

"We're making sure every employee in this institution just as a standard, regardless of whether Ebola is the issue or Enterovirus is the issue," Dr. Kevin Sweeny, Chief Medical Officer of Memorial Hospital said. "That we're all using standard procedure that keep us on our toes for anything that walks in the door from the flu to Ebola to any other illness."

Dr. Sweeny also told us that if there is any good coming out of this is that there is an active discussion in our country about infectious disease and how to properly handle it. He says the most important thing that Memorial Hospital wants to keep in mind is not only how to treat a potential patient with Ebola. But also how to properly protect the staff who treat that patient 

Dr. Sweeny says they check in daily with the centers for disease control and are monitoring Ebola in America very very closely.