Massachusetts prepares for Ebola virus

The fatality rate in an Ebola outbreak ranges from 25 percent to 90 percent, depending on the particular strain of the virus involved.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– 22News has been keeping in touch with Western Massachusetts hospitals since the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States.

In Springfield, Baystate Medical Center officials say they have been getting ready for weeks should a patient show up with the virus.

On Monday, Boston Health officials had a scare as five United Emirates airline passengers came into Logan Airport showing signs of the virus. A Boston Public Health Commission spokesperson confirmed with 22News that those passengers do not have the virus and that there is no cause for public health concern.

The director for the Center for Disease control held a news conference Monday in which he said all hospitals nationwide need to start thinking “Ebola.”

He said that identifying and isolating people who have symptoms consistent with Ebola and have recently traveled to West Africa is going to be the key to stopping the virus from spreading

On Thursday, the state’s public health committee will hold a hearing to find out if Massachusetts is ready should an Ebola virus case show up in the state.

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