The Ebola outbreak currently affecting West Africa has caused health authorities across the globe cause for concern, fearful that passengers coming back from the affected region might infect populations in their native countries. Many hospitals, for instance, in the UK have been heavily training staff for the possibility of an outbreak.
Authorities in the US are taking the possibility of an outbreak in North America very seriously and a new training programme for licensed doctors and other physicians has been created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The new programme draws on similar Ebola training courses from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). It will teach participants how to work within an ETU, how to perform procedures within the ETU and what treatments should follow.