Mid-Missourians prepare for potential ebola outbreak

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JEFFERSON CITY - Ebola training and preparation in Mid-Missouri was discussed in a forum Wednesday.

Deputy Director of Public Safety Andrea Spillars said Missouri hospitals have added training for vigilant screening and treatment practices to test for ebola.

Other than the general CDC and federal government regulations, Missouri has not added any other regulations to prepare if someone were to be infected with ebola in Missouri.

Not all of the hospitals located in Missouri have the level four suits to deal with diseases like this one and some lack proper toxic waste disposals.

Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell said eliminating the waste would be a huge problem.

"Of course we will have to rely on state guidance for that," said Campbell. "We might go ahead and start looking for a local provider for that, so we do not have to worry about it."

Senator Kurt Schaeffer said no one is stepping up to take control to call the protocols to prevent and prepare for a disease like ebola.

 

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