The statement from Emery University Hospital said it's one of four facilities in the United States that have special isolation units capable of handling cases of viral hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola. It didn't name the others or describe what sets them apart from other medical isolation units.
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There is a special isolation unit at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md. The unit, nicknamed "the slammer," has airtight gaskets on doors to isolate it from adjacent areas, according to a report on the response to a case of possible Ebola exposure in a lab there. However, as the health professionals noted, Ebola is spread through contact with blood and bodily fluids, not through the air.
The Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha has a special isolation unit with 10 beds, according to the center website, and safety features that include "special air handling systems to ensure that micro-organisms do not spread beyond the patient rooms, with high level filtration and ultraviolet light for additional protection." Among the diseases it's equipped for: SARS, smallpox, plague, multidrug resistant tuberculosis and Ebola.
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St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont., has a unit developed under contract with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to care for any workers exposed during research at its Rocky Mountain Laboratories about 50 miles away in Hamilton.