RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has taken a number of steps to be prepared in the event a case of Ebola is diagnosed in the state, Gov. Pat McCrory and Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos (vahsh) said Monday.
McCrory told a news conference that Vos and other health officials have been working with medical providers, county health departments and the military. His office said North Carolina has been preparing since July for anyEbola diagnosis.
State officials say DHHS is actively monitoring for cases using a network of hospital-based public health epidemiologists in the state’s largest hospital systems and surveillance of emergency department visits.
An Ebola hotline has been established by Carolinas Poison Center. The number is 1-800-222-1222, and callers should press 6 for questions about Ebola.
The state’s Division of Emergency Management is coordinating with various State Emergency Response Team partners to review plans and procedures for health emergencies. The division has been working closely with the department’s Public Health Division, which is the expert for any health event.
The N.C. Department of Transportation is also reviewing its response plans.
“From our airports to our seaports, our transportation network provides international gateways to North Carolina. Our employees, therefore, may be the first to detect a potential Ebola event in our state, which they would report to appropriate authorities for immediate action,” DOT Secretary Tony Tata said. “We are reviewing our emergency plans to ensure our employees are prepared.”
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