Doctors say they are prepared should Ebola arrive

Doctors and first responders around the nation say they are preparing to handle Ebola.

Dr. Victor Politi, NUMC president and CEO, says his facility and personnel are fully prepared should Ebola arrive.

He says staff members have done several drills about how to respond if a potentially infected patient is brought in. Doctors are also holding training classes for first responders in the county, who may be called to the home of an infected person.

More than 3,800 people have died so far in what experts say is the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Doctors in Spain say that the condition of a nurse's aide who became infected with the virus is declining.

In Texas, doctors now say that Deputy Michael Moning is no longer showing signs of the virus. Moning is the sheriff's deputy who brought the quarantine notice to the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease Wednesday.

On Thursday, the hospital president released a statement expressing his grief over the loss and pointed out that "a team of more than 50 people cared for Duncan in a professional and compassionate manner."

In New York, airplane cabin cleaners picketed at LaGuardia Airport. They say they are sometimes exposed to vomit and blood, but are not equipped with appropriate protective gear.

The protest comes as a patient showed up at a Brooklyn health care clinic with symptoms of the virus.

Officials say a patient showed up at the clinic Thursday with a low-grade fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He recently returned from Nigeria, but News 12 has been told he is not believed to have Ebola.

Enhanced screening is set to begin at five international airports in the U.S., including JFK, to help control the spread of Ebola.

Six planes filled with U.S. Marines arrived in Liberia to fight the spread of Ebola. About 500 soldiers are also now undergoing training at Fort Hood in Texas before deploying to West Africa, where they will work to contain and eradicate the disease.

The Pentagon has authorized sending up to 3,900 troops to set up local clinics and train local staff.

Researchers also say the first study of a possible Ebola vaccine is underway in Africa.

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