1. The unit at Emory University Hospital, where the first patient was taken, is just one of four in the U.S. designed to care for patients with an unknown disease. (There are also patients at the facility in Nebraska and at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland);
2. Written plans are in place for patient care and transport; and
3. Although Ebola is a familiar disease with a known method for transmission, this situation presented the perfect opportunity to put the university’s written plan into action and to practice real containment. However, in a more recent document, the CDC has made clear that any medical facility in this country should use the recommended precautions.7 This is now the case in Texas, where the first U.S. patients diagnosed with Ebola is hospitalized.