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Why treat people exposed to virus in Omaha? Why not?

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 18, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Why are 13 people potentially exposed to a viral outbreak being treated and observed in Omaha, Nebraska?

Because nearly 20 years ago, a few doctors, public health experts and officials realized nearly no one was meeting a national need for such specialized care and figured, why not Omaha? They created the nation's largest biocontainment unit and quarantine facility that have become a focus of attention because they're housing people evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan.

Nearly 60 more people potentially exposed to the virus are also in quarantine at a Nebraska National Guard base, which is also close to the biocontainment unit.