Ebola

Johns Hopkins Hospital unit trains to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism

Johns Hopkins Hospital unit trains to respond to infectious disease outbreaks, bioterrorism

Two medics wearing head-to-toe protective gear carefully wheeled the man on a gurney out of an elevator at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The public health researcher recently returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo and had symptoms of Ebola — a cough, muscle pain and high fever. Dressed in a dark t-shirt and shorts, the man lay encased in a plastic, bubble-like pod.

Doctors isolated him to prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease, transporting him from the emergency room to the hospital’s biocontainment unit for quarantine until tests could be completed.

The transport conducted Wednesday wasn’t real — it was a training exercise to teach staff how to respond...

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