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Baton Rouge EMS attend planning, preparation classes for Ebola, AIDS, Hepatitis

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Ebola virus is not showing up in Louisiana, but that hasn't stopped local emergency responders from preparing.

Tuesday morning, medics got a refresher on protective gear and how to decontaminate vehicles.

EMS officials say classes like this one are nothing new, and they don't only cover the Ebola virus.

Medics are also learning to deal with AIDS and Hepatitis cases.

"The proper planning and preparation for any type of situation helps negate any risks that it may be associated with," said EMS Special Operations Supervisor Tom Harris. "So that's what we're doing. We're preparing our paramedics and the parish-wide first responders, law enforcement, fire, the EMS entity as to the proper handling and care for these patients. The things we need to do to protect ourselves as well as the public as a whole."

There will be another course this Thursday at EMS headquarters on Harding Blvd.

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