- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Hospital officials in several of North Carolina’s largest cities say they have protective gear and procedures ready in case they need to treat an Ebola patient.

The Associated Press contacted hospitals in Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh as part of an informal nationwide survey on Ebola preparedness.

Mission Hospital in Asheville, Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh and Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro each have protective suits that leave no skin exposed.

Each hospital has procedures in place for quarantining patients, removing gear and hand sanitizing. Each has trained staff on the procedures.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines Monday calling in part for health workers caring for Ebola patients to wear gear that leaves no part of the body exposed.

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