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Local hospitals prepared in case of Ebola

The Greater Cincinnati Health Council says infectious disease specialists in our area meet on a regular basis to review the community response for any infectious disease situation (Photo: FOX19) The Greater Cincinnati Health Council says infectious disease specialists in our area meet on a regular basis to review the community response for any infectious disease situation (Photo: FOX19)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Hospitals around Cincinnati are stressing calmness and saying they are prepared if cases of Ebola show up in the Tri-State.

Doctors at local hospitals say they taking steps to ensure they're prepared, should a patient seek treatment for any infectious disease.

The Greater Cincinnati Health Council says infectious disease specialists in our area meet on a regular basis to review the community response for any infectious disease situation.

Every hospital has infectious disease plans in place for any scenario.  In prior situations, plans were enacted to respond to H1N1 and pandemic flu.

Staff members are trained to identify suspected cases following CDC guidelines.  They also have instruction in the use of appropriate protective equipment.

Patients are triaged upon entering the Emergency Department (ED).  They are isolated from all other patients to make sure no one else gets infected. 

The Council says there are procedures in place for testing suspected cases and managing the patient while results are pending.

All hospitals are prepared to work closely with local and state public health staff on any suspected cases of infectious diseases.

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