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Hospitals Claim Ebola is Under Control, Nurses Don't Agree

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CDC Officials tell the public that they are doing everything they can to get Ebola under control. CDC Officials tell the public that they are doing everything they can to get Ebola under control.
Officials say hospitals are doing everything they can to prevent the disease. Officials say hospitals are doing everything they can to prevent the disease.

By: Emily Pacillo

Las Vegas nurses rallied this week claiming that hospitals are not prepared for an Ebola outbreak.

"There's not an infrastructure that prevents these people from dying.  There's not education in this country, there's not resources in this country and we're going to turn that around, we're going to protest," said Roseann Demoro from National Nurses United. 

Federal health officials are telling the nation that our hospitals are fully prepared to contain any outbreak.  South Carolina officials said last week that it's nothing to worry about for this state. 

"We are prepared and we are at a low risk and we have put things in place, boots on the ground to take care of what we need to," said Catherine Templeton, the director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.  

Templeton says DHEC has set up screening and testing regulations for hospitals to test for Ebola and handle infections.

"Every hospital in South Carolina, rural, metropolitan it doesn't matter where, every single hospital is capable, on alert and has identified where they would isolate a patient with suspected Ebola," said Templeton.

Templeton says South Carolina hospitals are on alert and know how to identify symptoms and isolate a patient and communicate with DHEC and the CDC.  If a patient is showing symptoms of Ebola, the hospital sends a blood test to the CDC and will know within the day.

DHEC says Ebola is only spread through direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of someone who has the virus.

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