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ECMC, Children’s Hospital designated to treat Ebola patients

The state has added Erie County Medical Center and Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo to the list of hospitals designated to care for patients potentially afflicted with Ebola.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo this afternoon added the two Buffalo hospitals to the initial 10 sites announced earlier this month. They are the first two Buffalo-area hospitals designated as Ebola “supercenters,” of a sort, with special health care worker training to identify and treat patients possibly afflicted with the virus.

ECMC and Children’s Hospital join two other upstate facilities, the University of Rochester Medical Center and Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

“Today we are continuing to err on the side of caution in order to protect the public’s health and safety,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement. “In joining the eight other designated Ebola treatment centers across the State, these two hospitals are further bolstering our level of preparedness here in New York. As we continuing to expand the list of designated treatment centers to ensure geographic diversity, New Yorkers should rest assured that we are doing everything necessary to safeguard against the risks of Ebola.”