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Southern Illinois hospitals prepare for Ebola response

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - The Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) group has taken several precautions to prepare for an Ebola outbreak in the Heartland.

Under guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), three SIH hospitals have adopted the following procedures to prepare , recognize, and respond to the deadly Ebola virus.

Two cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the U.S. this year.

SIH oversees three hospitals; the Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Herrin Hospital, and St. Joseph's Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Ill.

"The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history," according to a statement on the CDC website. "affecting multiple countries in West Africa."

All SIH emergency departments have implemented a screening tool to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the disease, according to the SIH website. SIH medical staff has been educated on the Ebola virus and have emergency procedures in place in case an Ebola case is found, according to the SIH website.

SIH staff have been trained on use of protective equipment as a part of normal patient care training. SIH have re-educated some of its staff on proper techniques, according to SIH website.

SIH facility's are also closely monitoring updates from CDC and Illinois Department of Health and work closely with local medical authorities as new information comes in about the virus.

Emergency responders from across Southern Illinois and the Heartland will be discussing Ebola response at the E.M.A Regional Emergency Preparedness Conference in Marion, Ill. on October 15.

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