- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta children’s hospital is building a special isolation unit to treat children who might be infected by Ebola.

The hospital does not currently have any patient with the Ebola virus, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Patty Gregory said.

Gregory on Wednesday confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://bit.ly/1omcXDC) that the unit was being constructed. The unit will be at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, which is across the street from Emory University Hospital, the newspaper reported.

The Children’s Healthcare website states that it is creating the unit to provide care to children with possible or confirmed Ebola virus infections.

“This unit will provide care to a child who needs special isolation and is run by specially trained staff,” according to the website.

The system hasn’t said how soon it would be operational.

The newspaper said it asked several questions about the unit, and that Children’s Healthcare responded with a written statement that answered virtually none of them.

The creation of a children’s isolation unit in Atlanta comes as hospitals, doctors’ offices and public health facilities across the nation train and equip their staffs to handle a patient with the disease.

In Georgia, the state’s Ebola Response Team has said training is underway at seven treatment hospitals across the state that would care for patients believed to be infected with the deadly virus. Emory, which has already treated four infected patients, is among the facilities.

Georgia may be at a higher risk for encountering Ebola patients than other states, health experts say. They note that Emory University Hospital is among four designated biocontainment units for Ebola patients in the nation, and that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is among five airports designated to accept travelers from the Ebola “hot zone” countries in West Africa.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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