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US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

Ebola prep includes undercover actors and souped-up ambulances for disease that may never come

US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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 largest U.S. 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.


Updated : 2021-01-18 06:44 GMT+08:00