Don't panic, but UCSF just opened an isolation room for potential Ebola patients. The hospital at Mount Zion is adding two quarantine rooms, after having been named by the State of California's Department of Public Health as one of the centers that would be prepared in case of an outbreak. The effort is expect to cost several hundred thousand dollars.
More than 70 medical employees at UCSF have already volunteered to help in case of an ebola outbreak, although the hospital is looking to boost that number to one hundred. Kaiser Permanente has also been preparing.
At UCSF's Mission Bay campus, more than 30 samples of the virus are currently under study by a team led by Dr. Charles Chiu. Those samples—which are inert—are being studied for evidence of genetic mutations that would lead the disease to become airborne or more deadly. No such evidence has been found.
In related news, Tori Spelling continues to not have ebola.