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US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 07 2014 Oct 7, 2014 October 07, 2014 1:59 AM October 07, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: David B. Caruso

NEW YORK - Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases.

A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up signs, imploring patients to let nurses know if they have traveled recently to West Africa.

And one of the nation's largest ambulance companies has written step-by-step instructions on how to wrap the interior of a rig with plastic sheeting while transporting a patient.

Ebola has yet to infect a single person on U.S. soil - the one confirmed case here involves a man who contracted the virus overseas. But health care providers are worried enough that they are taking a variety of precautions.

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