DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - Texas Governor Rick Perry was in Dallas today to announce a new plan to bring together key medical resources in the battle against the deadly ebola virus.
Perry announced today that North Texas will be host to a state-of-the-art Ebola treatment and infectious disease bio containment facility. If it's needed, he said it will limit the virus's reach and be a place where patients can receive the best of care as quickly as possible.
The new facility will be a joint effort by UT Southwestern Medical Center, who would be providing doctors experienced in infectious disease and nurses, along with Methodist Campus for Continuing Care in Richardson providing facilities including an ICU wing suited for the care of infectious disease patients, and Parkland Hospital providing equipment such as personal protective gear, IV fluids and lab supplies.
Parkland will also provide nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and lab technicians.
All the facilities say they are proud to answer the call and protect citizens.
In addition to the North Texas facility - UT Medical Branch in Galveston will also have an Ebola containment facility to serve South Texas.
"In the event of another diagnosis this facility will allow us to act quickly to limit the virus' reach and give patients the care they need in an environment where health care workers are specially trained and equipped to deal with the unique requirements of this disease," said Gov. Perry. "We are fortunate to have such talented and dedicated leaders here in North Texas, and at UTMB Galveston, who are willing to step forward during a time of need."
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