If you contract Ebola in West Africa, you have a reasonable chance of being brought to a top Baltimore hospital.
Two of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s designated Ebola treatment centers are in Baltimore, the Washington Business Journal reports. In all, six are in the Baltimore-Washington area.
The two Baltimore hospitals are no surprise: Johns Hopkins Hospital and University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).
Hospitals with the designation were chosen by state health officials based on the whether they are staffed, equipped and assessed to have the capabilities, training and resources necessary to treat an Ebola case while minimizing risks to health care workers.
In Maryland, the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, which is one of the nation’s three national bio-containment facilities, as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore received the designation. D.C.’s designated hospitals are MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital.
Baltimore is serving a key role in the fight against the virus, both at home and in West Africa. An East Baltimore company is hard at work on an Ebola vaccine and a University of Maryland School of Medicine doctor is in Mali working on trials for a separate vaccine.
In October, one potential Ebola patient was taken to UMMC, where test results were negative for the deadly virus, The Baltimore Sun reported at the time.
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