Local airports, hospitals plan for Ebola

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There is growing concerns about the deadly Ebola virus. News 8 wanted to know what’s being done to keep you safe.

“It is very scary what is happening in Africa,” said a traveler.

“Wash your hands, try not to touch too much, stick to yourself,” said another.

“I won’t be touching any hand railings or any other things.”

Travelers at Bradley are concerned with Ebola blooming in Africa and now trickling into the U.S. Passengers on a plane from New York to Las Vegas, were isolated at the far end of the runway because a person was vomiting on the flight. He was negative for the deadly virus. But at Bradley people talking about it.

“You have to pay attention, listen to people cough and sneeze and sniffle and touching things, be aware of your surroundings,” said Domenic Pompile, Florida.

“Since we are going to be touching down in Dallas I have hand sanitizer and we are not going to touch anything,” said Mary Ann Champlin, Southington.

News 8 talked to Lt. Vance and he says they do have a plan they have rehearsed it and gone over it with the airport administration. They are ready should a case come in on an airplane. As a matter of fact they do have hazmat suits in the back of each of these cruisers.

And Hartford hospital is preparing just in case, and they have already had to screen several patients.

“We have not had any cases but we have had people who have traveled and who were ill and were immediately isolated and then we determined that they were not at risk for Ebola,” said Dr. Jeff Finkelstein, ER Chief.

Hartford Hospital has their isolation plan in effect and they are ready if an actual case does make it into Bradley, but Dr. Finkelstein says airplanes are not incubators for Ebola.

“Ebola is not air born it is spread with direct contact of blood, vomit diaries, maybe sweat but not airborne,” said Finkelstein.

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