Ebola concerns: Ohio gets more protective gear

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials are increasing the state’s supply of personal protective equipment for health care providers in case that gear is needed for a suspected or confirmed case of Ebola.

The state says new shipments are arriving daily, and the Department of Health is requesting approval from a legislative panel to spend $300,000 for more equipment. It also wants permission for up to $500,000 to dispose contaminated linens and other items if a case occurs.

The request will be considered Monday.

The department says its existing equipment includes more than 105,000 gloves, 100,000 face masks, 29,000 respirators and 7,000 gowns. Hospitals have their own supplies, too.

Ebola became a concern in Ohio because a Dallas nurse visited Akron and Cleveland shortly before she was diagnosed with the virus in Texas.

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