State and city ready for Ebola virus

Though it may seem scary to actually think of an Ebola case appearing in the state, Kansas officials say there is nothing to fear.

“We stand ready for issues and incidents like this on a regular basis,” Sara Belfry, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Communications Director said.

Sara Belfry with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says since mid-August the state’s been sending out Ebola response plans to area hospitals, detailing step by step how a community would need to respond.

“We would first notify the state and they in turn would notify the CDC,” Gianfranco Pezzino, Shawnee County Health Officer said.

The second step, finding out who the infected patient had contact with, those suspected of having Ebola would then be quarantined for 21 days.

“Should there not be cooperation we would have no hesitation involving law enforcement and enforcing the order,” Pezzino said.

Guidelines are also in place for any patient who gets infected with the deadly virus.

“You want to make sure that the patient is isolated in a single room with a private bathroom, the door to the room would be closed at all times,” Belfry said.

Even though Ebola is something new in America, officials say containing disease is nothing new.

“We have been preparing for years, and years and I think we are as ready as we could be,” Pezzino said.

Officials also want to send a reminded that the only way Ebola is transmitted is through direct contact with the body fluids of a person who is infected with Ebola.


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