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Local hospitals take precautions for Ebola

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The CDC revised some of its protocols about how to handle Ebola. Local hospitals say they're prepping isolation rooms in their facilities for possible Ebola patients.

Penn State Hershey Medical Center, York Hospital, and Harrisburg Hospital all say they are holding ongoing training sessions and meetings about Ebola. They want to prevent a situation where any health workers get sick.

Dr. Jennifer Chambers of Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg says her team mobilized a month ago to help healthcare providers handle the disease.

"The last thing we want to see is panic," Chambers says. "The evidence says that unless you come into contact with infected bodily fluids, you are safe from contracting this virus."

Hospitals say their protocol is to isolate a possible Ebola patient as quickly as they can.

At Harrisburg Hospital, Pinnacle Health says they're preparing an isolation room. It's a negative ventilation room where none of the air is re-circulated in the hospital. Frontline staff - in the ER, outpatient centers and EMTs - are trained to recognize Ebola symptoms and ask if a patient has been to West Africa or is living with someone who has.

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