Beyond The Headline

Inside The CDC

Beyond The Headline

As the death toll in the worst Ebola outbreak in history soars past 700, the U.S. government is issuing a rare travel warning that urges Americans to avoid traveling to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Here in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a plan to usher anyone who shows symptoms off planes and into airport quarantine stations. These stations will be located inside the terminal with trained medical officers, prepared to respond to any passenger exhibiting symptoms of illness, especially Ebola.

When the CDC quarantine team responds to a call of a sick passenger within the airport or on a plane, they respond to the scene prepared to treat any situation with any symptoms. Their response bags are loaded with different sized masks to fit any face so germs don't get in or out; an eye mask in case splashes are of any concern; CPR masks and an array of thermometers, including an infra-red thermometer that takes the patient’s temperature without touching him or her.

If the patient is sick, the CDC will remove the patient from their environment and isolated to keep everyone safe and healthy.

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