The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just took another step in helping the state cope with the threat of Ebola.
The CDC designated WVU Hospitals as one of forty-nine Ebola Treatment Centers in the U.S.
WVU Hospitals says in a news release that theirs is the only medical center in West Virginia to earn the designation. The nearest centers until now were in Washington D.C. and Cleveland.
The CDC also approved the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Office of Laboratory Services for Ebola testing.
That designation allows the lab to report and send samples to the CDC that are presumed to be positive for Ebola. The CDC would ultimately confirm positive results. The lab can also confirm that samples are negative for Ebola, without further testing. The release says results should typically be available within four to six hours.
To date, no Ebola cases have been reported in West Virginia.