SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - As more cases of Ebola show up in the United States, infection control practitioners in the Heartland prep for the threat of patients contracting the disease in this area.
In her 14 years at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, practitioner Joy Cauthron said infectious diseases are not new.
"Just in the last ten years or 12 years we've had to deal with anthrax," Cauthorn said. "We've had to deal with SARS. We've had to deal with H1N1 influenza. We've had to deal with the pandemic flu."
Cauthorn said the Ebola virus has been around for decades, however, now that it is in the U.S. it is a different situation.
"This virus is just so deadly in Africa that people are afraid," Cauthorn said.
Cauthorn said they've developed a strategic policy in case anyone were to walk through their doors with the virus.
The hospital is implementing new recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control and adapting them to what resources they have on hand.
One of the main focuses for her team of doctors is to make sure they are fully protected, which means making sure no skin or mucas membranes are showing.