Officials designate 35 hospitals for Ebola care
NEW YORK - Health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the country as Ebola treatment centers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Washington D.C.
In the South two Texas hospitals are on the list, as is a medical center in Georgia. No Louisiana facilities are listed as Ebola treatment centers.
For more than a month, health officials have been talking to - and evaluating -hospitals that could serve as referral treatment centers for new Ebola cases that might occur. The 35 hospitals are deemed to have the staff, equipment and training to safely and effectively care for Ebola.
West Africa is currently suffering the worst Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 15,900 illnesses and at least 5,700 deaths so far. Four cases have been diagnosed in the United States.
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