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Hopkins builds unit designed for Ebola patients

Hopkins builds unit designed for Ebola patients

Amid panic last fall over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States, Johns Hopkins Hospital began work on a unit designed to safely care for patients with the disease and other dangerous infections, a hospital official said.

With the facility now mostly completed, Hopkins could be designated to care for any patients with Ebola or other dangerous infections across much of the Mid-Atlantic region. Hopkins joins a handful of U.S. institutions with such facilities.

The unit, in Hopkins' East Baltimore hospital complex, includes three patient rooms, each with rooms on either side of it for donning and removing protective equipment, its own lab for testing patient specimens,...