SD hospitals are equipped to handle Ebola patients

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 6:40 p.m.



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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Hospitals in South Dakota say they are equipped to safely manage patients infected with Ebola.

Avera Health says it has rooms to host sick patients in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Aberdeen, Marshall, Mitchell and Yankton. Sanford Health says it has more than 30 rooms in Sioux Falls.

Federal health officials on Tuesday confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. The patient is at a Dallas hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said 12 other people in the U.S. have been tested for Ebola since July 27. Those tests came back negative.

The virus has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who've traveled to that region.

The disease requires close contact with an infected person's bodily fluids to spread.

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