State and local health and law enforcement agencies talk Ebola
By: Lauren Fabrizi
Although health officials say an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Lancaster County is highly unlikely, state and local health and law enforcement agencies met Tuesday to discuss tactics if a person were to contract it.
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“Extreme value in having a session like this today in the planning stages,” Dr. Ed Mlinek of Bryan Health said.
While some Americans may fear there will be an Ebola outbreak in the U.S., medical officials here aren’t that worried.
“Ebola is a serious disease, but no more so than some of the other diseases processes that we deal with on a daily basis,” Roger Bonin of LFR said. “Influenza, tuberculosis, hepatitis C.”
Tuesday, all agencies present talked about what they’d do if a person was admitted for Ebola–like symptoms, if a person contracted Ebola and if a person died from the virus.
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One of the biggest concerns is that LFR and hospital staff would run out of PPE or personal protective equipment.
“That’s probably the biggest road block or potential road blocks that we have,” Dr. Michael Ferris of CHI Health St. Elizabeth said. “We have enough to get started, but we may need more in the short term.”
That’s something officials are working to figure out.
“Emergency Management is always there. Our motto, our mission statement is helping you prepare,” emergency manager Jim Davidsaver said. “So it’s whatever I can help you to prepare benefits all of us.”
Officials plan to meet again in the near future for more talks on the virus.