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Is that Rochester Ebola situation real?

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If you overheard a conversation or scanner traffic about ebola in Rochester today, it's a practice event — not a real case of Ebola virus disease.

Mayo Clinic, the Rochester Fire Department and multiple other agencies planned an Ebola drill, with training as part of the exercise, this morning, Mayo spokesman Bryan Anderson said.

Mayo has not yet treated any Ebola patients.

But Mayo is one of four hospitals in Minnesota that are designated Ebola treatment centers; facilities where Minnesota patients with suspected Ebola will be taken if the need arises.

More than 5,000 people have died worldwide of Ebola, with the vast majority of those deaths occurring in Africa. On average, about half of people diagnosed with Ebola die.

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Researchers are working on a preventive vaccine against Ebola. In the meantime, emergency responders, governmental agencies and health providers in the U.S. and around the globe are preparing in case individuals with Ebola symptoms seek treatment locally.

Health officials have emphasized that, to get Ebola, a person must have direct contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has active symptoms of Ebola.

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