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Local Hospitals Say They’re Ready Should Anyone Show Up With Ebola-Like Symptoms

Fred Bodimer
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In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

In this handout from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of a Ebola virus virion is seen. (Photo by Center for Disease Control (CDC) via Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If someone with Ebola-like symptoms shows up at a local hospital, how prepared are they to handle the potentially contagious case?

The chances are slim, but Russ Schroeder, the chief nursing officer at Saint Louis University Hospital, says he thinks they can handle that type of patient without any problems.

“We would first mask the patient, mask the staff that are providing direct care for the patient, and then we would move the patient to more of an isolated area as we do our assessment,” he says.

Schroeder says Saint Louis University Hospital’s entire emergency department is on a separate air handler than the rest of the hospital. He says they would move the patient in question to a more private room in the ER with a door.

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