SPOKANE, Wash. -- Local health and response agencies are teaming up Wednesday for a full-scale emergency simulation to prepare the community should a potential infectious disease threaten the Spokane area.

The simulation begins at 8:00 a.m. and will continue through 11:00 a.m.

The exercise begins at the Spokane Airport with the arrival of a mock patient suspected of being exposed to a special pathogen. In this simulation, the mock patient will have Ebola and be transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center for pathogen identification, as well as patient isolation.

The simulation is not expected to impact area traffic, but the Spokane Police Department will control traffic points beginning at 9:00 a.m. SPD will be on scene near 7th and 8th avenues around Sacred Heart. There will also be several local emergency response vehicles en route to, and parked at, the hospital.