CDC to hospitals: 'Now is the time to prepare' for Ebola

ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent an alarming message to hospitals on Monday.

It warned doctors saying, "Now is the time to prepare" for an outbreak.

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The CDC also issued a checklist to help healthcare workers determine if patients are infected.

It stresses that researchers don't believe there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, but says it's only a matter of time before the virus hits home.

The checklist came a day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the CDC in Atlantafor a briefing on the Ebola outbreak.

BATTLING THE EBOLA OUTBREAK:

EBOLA COVERAGE |

- Ebola: #FactsNotFear
- Dallas hospital confirms first Ebola case diagnosed in U.S
- Dallas Ebola patient dies
- Dallas nurse tests positive for Ebola
- Nina Pham: 'I'm doing well and want to thank everyone'
- Second health care worker in Dallas has Ebola; headed to Atlanta

MORE COVERAGE OF EBOLA OUTBREAK AND TREATING PATIENTS IN ATLANTA
- GALLERY: Dr. Kent Brantly arrives for treatment at Emory
- GALLERY: Nancy Writebol arrives for treatment at Emory
- GALLERY: Dr. Kent Brantly leaves hospital
- NBC EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Kent Brantly talks to Today's Matt Lauer about recovery from Ebola
- Another U.S. Doctor Catches Ebola virus in West Africa.
- VIDEO: Dr. Kent Brantly thanks God and doctors, "thankful for being alive"
- What cured Ebola patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol?
- Emory Ebola patients now immune, but face long recovery
- American Ebola victim looks forward to family reunion
- David Writebol not sure how wife contracted Ebola
- Son of American Ebola patient: Mom's 'smiling, even joking'
- Missionaries return to U.S., enter Ebola quarantine
- Husband of US Ebola patient surprised by critics
- Dr. Brantly makes statement while recovering
- Threats made prior to Ebola patient's arrival in Atlanta
- An inside look at a life saving plane
- Questions remain about serum used to treat Ebola patient
- 2nd Ebola patient carried into Emory on stretcher
- 1st Ebola patient walks into Emory for treatment
- Liberians living in Georgia speak about Ebola outbreak
- No surprises yet in treatment of Ebola patients at Emory
- CDC shifts Ebola attention to travellers
- Clips give insight into America Ebola patients
- Questions answered about Ebola patients in Atlanta





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