Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey visits Ebola treatment training sessions

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ANNISTON, Ala. (WHNT) -- Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey is making a visit to a CDC-run Ebola treatment training session in Anniston, which is the only session of its kind in the nation.

At a FEMA facility in Anniston, a full mock-up of an Ebola treatment center is filled with volunteers. Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey took a tour of the facility and the mock center. "It is a serious virus and we're just blessed to have this effort going here at Fort McClellan," Ivey says.

The sessions are put on by the CDC and are the only training of the kind in the nation."The plan is to train about 40 healthcare workers, volunteers, through spring of 2015," CDC Spokesperson Jason McDonald says.

The licensed healthcare workers are sponsored by non-governmental organizations and will take their training to Africa once the sessions are completed. This training helps them prepare for what they'll face.

McDonald says the volunteers come in from all over the nation. "Thus far through the month of October we already have 130 healthcare workers who have volunteered," McDonald says.

The Lieutenant Governor's stop in Anniston to view the training sessions is part of a larger tour she is making across Alabama. "It's so important to recognize local leaders and business folks and community leaders who are making a difference on a daily basis," Ivey says, "So often they don't get the credit that they are due and my passion is to bring attention to their successes and we've thoroughly enjoyed that."

Ivey's last planned stop will be in Huntsville. "We'll be at the Redstone Arsenal visiting with the men and women, civilian and military, who truly make a difference," Ivey says.

The tour has been in progress throughout Alabama since September, and the Lieutenant Governor has visited cities including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

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