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Tenn. health officials preparing for Ebola cases

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee health care officials say they have implemented appropriate practices to handle any Ebola cases.

The Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association and Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement this week saying they're on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms and physicians' offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus.

The groups say they're working in concert with the Tennessee Department of Health, as well as appropriate federal agencies, to ensure appropriate protocols and policies are in place.

Earlier this month, Nashville-based HCA donated $1 million to the CDC Foundation to help support the international response to the Ebola epidemic.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden said the donation will help the agency scale and speed up its response to the epidemic in West Africa.