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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently released an Ebola Preparedness Checklist to help hospitals get ready for the virus appearing in the United States. The opening to the six page document states it’s purpose is to “…encourage U.S. hospitals to prepare for managing patients with EVD and other infectious diseases. Every hospital should ensure that it can detect a patient with ebola…” Since that seems rather dire, they do add:  “While we are not aware of any domestic EVD cases (other than two American citizens who were medically evacuated to the United States), now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and present to facilities.”  If you think Ebola might become a concern in your community, three facts to consider are:  it is mainly transmitted by physical contact with infected blood/body fluids, you can’t put on gloves if you don’t have them with you and a 1 to 5 Chlorox/water solution kills Ebola.

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