El Paso home to quarantine center for ebola

Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 5:20pm

The first of two Americans stricken with ebola landed in Atlanta Saturday. This marks the first time the deadly virus will be treated in the U.S.

There are 20 quarantine sites across the country that are equipped to deal with ebola patients, and one of those sites is in El Paso.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there used to be 55 quarantine stations in the U.S. All but 8 were closed in the 1970's because infectious diseases were thought to be a thing of the past. However, 8 were left open.

However, in the wake of bioterrorism fears following September 11th and the 2003 SARS epidemic the government decided expand the number of stations.

For a map of the quarantine sites across the country just click this link:



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