Houston is prepared in case Ebola comes our way

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HOUSTON, Tx. — Worried about the Ebola threat? Well, they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Houston’s health agencies say they`re prepared in the event of a case appears in the Bayou City.

Dr. Ronald DePinho of MD Anderson Cancer Center explains, “We have very hardened protocols that would allow us to identify individuals that might be at risk and if they do develop the disease to appropriately contain those individuals so that one does not infect others.”

Dr. Mark Kline of Texas Children’s Hospital adds, “If it`s found that a family or a child has traveled within the past 21 days to one of the countries where Ebola is currently is epidemic, they will immediately be put in an isolation area, infection control will be notified, the doctors and nurses will be notified.”

The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council coordinates between 60 hospitals in 25 counties in this part of the state, to insure a potential disease doesn`t spread.

“Containing the spread in the United States is going to be much easier than containing the spread in Africa. We have a much more robust healthcare system…we have the ability to dispose of the waste.” according to Lori Upton of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council

Precautions are being taken, but the folks in the medical field no need to get stressed. Upton says,  “We should not go into a panic now.  Our healthcare providers, they treat infectious disease every day, we`ve got some of the best infectious disease doctors in Houston.”

So, be careful, but please, don`t freak out.

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