Suppressing Concerns: UT Southwestern Prepares for Ebola

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DALLAS-Over the past few weeks we've all become a little more acquainted with what Ebola is and how it spreads.

But medical experts at UT Southwestern are now spreading information to the student body and employees alike by getting ready in case Ebola comes knocking at their door.

“We have a core group of people that are not only acting in each individual area but working on interdisciplinary simulation of what it would be like to take care of an Ebola patient,” said Dr. John Warner, CEO at UT Southwestern.

Doctors from the UT Southwestern and Parkland communities came together to answer some of the questions that linger in all our minds; such as, how contagious is someone who has a low-grade fever?

"It’s really not until half way through the illness when they become very ill that they really have enough virus to infect people efficiently," said Dr. Robert Hayley, professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern.

Or questions like how long can Ebola live on a surface?

"On an inanimate surface or a clean surface for an hour or a several hours and it lives longer if it's very cold and dry," said Hayley.

It looks like preparedness is these guys middle name. Hey, maybe it's time to relax, listen to the facts and think proactively.