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Healthcare Clinics Prepare for Ebola

 SEAFORD, Del.- Hospitals are not the only healthcare facilities with a protocol in place when treating a patient with Ebola symptoms; some health clinics have them as well.

If someone came to Ambient Medical Care in Seaford, the clinic's chief nursing officer, Helene Henry, said health care workers are prepared to help. She said the patient would be isolated, screened and if symptoms are suspected, then the patient would be transferred to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Henry said patients who think they are infected with the virus should call the clinic before arriving. Using an Ebola Quick Screen Tool sheet, health care providers will question the patient on their travel history and symptoms.

 “[We'd ask] what were their travel practices in the past 21 days and have they had any of these symptoms,” said Henry, while reviewing the sheet.

The symptoms include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, weakness and unexplained bleeding or bruising. Henry said bleeding is a symptom to look out for, especially.

"That is that one thing that separates it from any other normal ' this is that time of year illness," she said.

There are no special isolation rooms at the clinic. Henry said hazmat suits have been ordered.  

“Protective gear is en route, but to just keep it safe and work with what you have, trash bags are effective,” Henry said. “ You need a plastic barrier.”

Steven and Ellen Hudson of Laurel, were two of several people who stopped by the clinic today. Steven said he would feel a little nervous if someone walked in with Ebola symptoms.

" I would feel very uneasy, " Mr. Hudson said. However, his wife said it would not bother her.

" If someone is here, that could possibly have it, I wouldn't be one to go up and hug them or anything like that, but I'd be fine with it," Mrs. Hudson said.

 Health care providers want to remind people that the virus is only spread through bodily fluids and contracted when a person has active symptoms.

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