Ebola: Training for the Front Lines

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(NBC News) Doctors and nurses who travel to West Africa to help with the Ebola epidemic are likely to encounter situations they’ve never seen before: A crumbled health care system, very few infection control practices and no running water or soap in some places.

Before our doctors fly overseas, many will make a stop in Alabama first for training on how to handle the most difficult situations as safely as possible.

The Centers for Disease Control has set up the specialized training facility in Anniston, Alabama.

They’re teaching the basics of working in an Ebola treatment unit, along with safe disposal of dead bodies, which are highly infectious.

While some are preparing to travel overseas, other doctors and nurses are preparing for cases to arrive here, in the United States.

New York City’s Bellevue Hospital Center assembled a lab designed to handle Ebola blood tests exclusively and actors pretending to be potential ebola patients were hired to test several hospital systems, including Bellevue’s.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1vNs4pG

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