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Hospital segregates H1N1 patients in tents

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
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A Greensboro hospital is pitching tents to battle the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Two tents in the Moses Cone Hospital parking lot are the first stop for patients seeking treatment for flu symptoms. Officials hope to cut the spread of the H1N1 flu virus by keeping those infected isolated and take the load off the hospital's emergency room.

The hospital said the tents are heated and cooled and would be filled with medical equipment and emergency room staff. Patients will be evaluated there and admitted to the hospital if necessary.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 1 million Americans have been infected with swine flu, with many suffering mild cases never reported.

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