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Reston-Area Hospitals Say They’re Prepared for Ebola

by Andrea Swalec October 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm 6 Comments

Ebola poster (Photo via CDC)As more rigorous screenings for Ebola began at Dulles International Airport on Thursday, local hospitals said they’re ready to handle patients.

Reston Hospital Center is giving health care workers gowns and goggles, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends, officials told WTOP. Staff will use respirator masks while in contact with people who could have the virus, and will follow World Health Organization guidelines.

Inova Fairfax Hospital will open a separate Ebola unit next week that can isolate as many as 12 people, WTOP reported. Inova Health System Chief Medical Officer Loring Flint said he was “absolutely confident” the facility could treat Ebola patients.

No cases of Ebola have been found in the Washington, D.C. region. Thomas Eric Duncan, the first ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., had a three-hour layover at Dulles on Sept. 20, before he fell ill.

“The risk of Ebola spreading widely in the United States is low,” county officials said in a statement released Wednesday. Officials reminded residents that the virus is transmitted only by touching blood or bodily fluids of an infected person, touching contaminated objects or touching infected animals.

  • Laura Calacci

    I think you meant to say goggles, not googles.

    • Andrea Swalec

      Ha! Good catch. I’m fixing it.

  • Jamie MacDonald

    Doesn’t sound like Loudon is ready for it. This story goes back and forth – “she is being tested, she’s very low risk, Ebola can’t be ruled out because she wasn’t tested…….”

    I can’t tell what’s going on out there.


  • Reality Bites

    The area hospitals are ready to take on the multi-billion dollar spending spree that is driven by the recent Ebola hysteria. Rather than cancelling flights the government is dead set in maintaining those routes and instead scanning passengers at the port of entry for obvious symptoms. The problem with that plan is that the airlines are not cooperating and have already announced they will cancel many of these routes. What now? This is really bad. I suggest we continue servicing these routes with Air Force 1.

    • Mary

      Thank God the airlines have some common sense.

      • R

        You’re a moron. Banning flights from Africa will only exacerbate the problem. People can easily enter the country via other routes and in that case will be much more difficult to track. Don’t say things you know nothing about


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