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Paramedics Take Us Inside ‘Ambulance Ride’ With Ebola Victims

When it comes to preventative measures, paramedics Gail Stallings and John Arevalo leave nothing to chance.

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"I think cocoon is the best word," Stallings said, describing how the two American Ebola patients were protected during their ambulance rides to Emory University Hospital. Layers of protection are particularly important to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which is transmitted by direct contact with bodily fluids rather than through the air.

Lead Paramedic Stallings drove the ambulance carrying Dr. Kent Brantly on Saturday and Nancy Writebol on Tuesday, whom she accompanied in the back of the ambulance.

Stallings and Arevalo gave NBC’s Kate Snow a look inside their ride and described the measures taken to ensure safety.

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