Pa. Health Experts Keep Eye on Ebola

Published 08/04 2014 05:40PM

Updated 08/04 2014 07:53PM

HARRISBURG - Doctors in Pennsylvania want you to know that they're ready for the ebola virus, even though they don't expect it to come our way. The State Health Department and the Pennsylvania Medical Society held a conference call on Monday to update the media on efforts to keep the deadly virus contained.

Both state health officials and the Pa Medical Society emphasized that the possibility of ebola being detected in the commonwealth is extremely remote and close to non-existent. But said they're monitoring the situation overseas and they're prepared to deal with potential danger, closer to home.

Among the points they made, state and county health departments are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control concerning the ebola virus. The CDC is advising them to make travel history a part of routine testing. They're to consider the ebola virus a possibility in anyone with fever, headache, joint pain, and diarrhea, who's been in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone within the past 21 days, or who's   been in contact with someone who has traveled there.

Health officials say most Pa. hospitals have the basics necessary to isolate a potential ebola patients. Meantime, the state health department and Pa. Medical Society say extra precautions are being taken for students returning to the U.S.from western Africa.Officials say anyone traveling from those areas will be known to college staff. The main aim is to increase awareness of ebola as a possible danger, in the event of any suspicious illnesses.

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