BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Governor Bobby Jindal held a meeting of Unified Command Group Wednesday at the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to get an update from state agencies and ensure the state is prepared if a case of Ebola were to be present in Louisiana.
"First and foremost, it's important to note that there are no known cases of Ebola in Louisiana. However, if there ever were a case in our state, Louisiana is prepared. For the last several weeks, the state has been working to ready Louisiana's public health and medical infrastructure, including procedures for emergency medical workers, hospital physicians and regional emergency response coordinators. While we certainly hope that we never have an Ebola case in Louisiana, we are committed to ensuring that our health care system and our emergency responders stand ready and prepared," said Jindal.
The Governor said that state agencies have taken the following precautions:
Department of Health and Hospitals
• Distributed information to health care providers in the state, including criteria for suspecting Ebola, how to report suspected cases, how to consult with DHH or seek lab testing, and what symptoms to watch for.
Dept. of Children and Families
Louisiana National Guard
Louisiana Dept. of Education
Dept. of Transportation
• Working with airports to ensure protocol is in place to identify and contain an incoming traveler who presents with symptoms.