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WVU officials constructing isolated Ebola unit

BECKLEY, W.Va. — No cases of Ebola have been reported or suspected in West Virginia, but West Virginia University officials are developing protocol and constructing an isolated Ebola unit that is expected to be finished by Oct. 31.

WVU Health and Health Sciences Director of Public Affairs Amy Johns said that a special area is being constructed in the Ruby Memorial Hospital Emergency Department for screening, treatment and management of potential patients.

“Patients who present to the emergency department with symptoms, such as high fever, vomiting and nausea, will be screened in that designated area using standard contact and droplet precautions,” said Johns.

The area will be self-contained and accommodate up to six isolation rooms. It will include a bio hood and lab services, she added, and is being built for state residents…

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