First responder Ebola training held at NUMC

First responders in Nassau County received important training about how to recognize and handle any possible Ebola patients on Long Island Thursday. More than 200 first responders packed a class at

News 12 Staff

Oct 17, 2014, 6:34 AM

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First responder Ebola training held at NUMC
First responders in Nassau County received important training about how to recognize and handle any possible Ebola patients on Long Island Thursday.
More than 200 first responders packed a class at Nassau University Medical Center to learn how to deal with possible Ebola cases. Their training has become a priority since they may be the first to come in contact with patients, if any arrive on Long Island.
NUMC Emergency Management Coordinator Dr. Victor Politi says first responders should be outfitted with protective suits, masks, gloves and hoods before treating and transporting a potentially infected patient.
More than 4,000 people have died so far in the Ebola outbreak, which has ravaged parts of West Africa.
Five major airports in the U.S. stepped up screening procedures over the weekend to test travelers from West Africa for the deadly virus.
Rep. Peter King (R - Seaford) says the airports aren't doing enough to protect the traveling public from Ebola. He says the U.S. should ban all flights coming in from West Africa and suspend visas issued to people living in those nations to keep them from taking an indirect route to the U.S.
King says the ban should be in effect until the Ebola outbreak is under control.
 


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