Precautions for Ebola in place at VCU

Published: Oct. 14, 2014 at 9:02 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 24, 2014 at 9:02 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - VCU leaders say Monday night's possible Ebola diagnosis in Richmond was an important test run for the medical center hospital

There have been two months of drills and training for this moment at VCU. Hospital workers are trained in how to get dressed in and undressed from Hazmat suits to deal with a possible patient. And there are also isolation areas throughout the hospital, depending on where a patient might come in.

While that preliminary test came back negative for Ebola, there is also a confirmation test that will once and for all clear this patient Those results should come back from the CDC in the next 24 to 48 hours, and the results of that test are expected to be the same.

Meanwhile, what are the chances of seeing Ebola in Richmond? Dr. Gonzalo Bearman, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at VCU Medical Center, said, "It certainly is possible. It's not probably, but it is possible. So, we're absolutely positively taking all precautions and preparing ourselves."

Those preparations and drills continue at VCU, as the hospital makes itself ready for another potential case.

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