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Safety preparations at local hospitals after Dallas healthcare worker contracts Ebola

Healthcare workers suiting up in protective gear. (Source: CDC/MGN) Healthcare workers suiting up in protective gear. (Source: CDC/MGN)
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Education about Ebola is the key to knowing how to protect yourself against it. Dr. Amy Ray from University Hospitals is an expert in infectious diseases.

"Our healthcare providers have been educated around asking the important piece of history of travel or contact with a known Ebola infected patient," said Dr. Ray.

Doctors here know what to look for; versus cold and flu.

"It is not spread by coughing, not by droplet transmission, is not spread in air, it's not even close contact to someone who is infected. "It's direct contact with bodily fluids," Dr. Ray added.

If someone who meets all the criteria walks into to an urgent care they will be cared for.

"We would certainly not turn anyone away. It's our duty and our diligence as healthcare providers and healthcare workers to offer care," said Dr. Ray.

Dr. Ray makes it clear University Hospitals is ready and will take all the precautions like in West Africa, and in Dallas, where the first U.S. case was diagnosed and that man later died.

However, Dr. Ray says none of us should panic.

"On an average every year in the United States, 36,000 patients die of influenza," Dr. Ray warned.

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