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Hospitals focus on preparedness as risk of Ebola spread increases
Hospitals focus on preparedness as risk of Ebola spread increases

As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the United States to prepare space and equipment for what some consider inevitable — the arrival of the deadly virus here. While experts say the chances of an epidemic spreading in the U.S. are low, there is a real possibility that someone could come down with Ebola after returning from a trip to Africa, they said. Hospitals routinely ask patients with flu-like symptoms whether they have visited that continent recently. There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola here, but hospitals are tailoring existing plans for...

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