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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Louisiana officials keep residents updated on Ebola Virus

Louisiana officials keep residents updated on Ebola Virus

Officials with Lafourche Parish Government and the Office of Emergency Preparedness are continuing to work with the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) as well as the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) to monitor the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the event a case presents itself in Louisiana.

To date, there have been no reports of EVD entering the state, and officials are urging residents to remain calm but vigilant.  In an effort to present the latest information and facts regarding EVD, the DHH in conjunction with the Louisiana Office of Public Health have released a community presentation detailing what is currently known about the disease, which originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River in 1976.

Additionally, the DHH has developed a check list for call-takers and first responders to follow in the event a threat of exposure to EVD exists. The document covers everything from the questions a resident will be asked when calling 911 to the protocols first responders will take when they arrive on the scene where the risk of exposure to a suspected case of EVD is possible.

To view the community presentation issued by the DHH, visit and click on the FAQs About The Ebola Virus link located in the rotator box. After selecting this link, you will also have the ability to view the Center for Disease Control, GOHSEP and DHH Websites for further information about EVD.

Kevin Davis, director of Louisiana’s emergency preparedness office, told the House homeland security committee Thursday that a Louisiana-specific Ebola response plan was distributed to local government and state agencies. It includes a quick reference guide for first responders.

State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry says officials are staying in touch with universities, airports and the Coast Guard to track when people may be coming from countries with Ebola outbreaks.

Eight people in the United States have been treated for Ebola, including two nurses who treated a Texas patient who died of the virus. No Louisiana cases have been reported.