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NC health officials set up Ebola info website

Posted October 17, 2014

— North Carolina health officials have launched a website with information about Ebola to help raise awareness about safety precautions and to dispel some of the fear and information surrounding the virus.

The site, which can be accessed at www.ncdhhs.gov/ebola, includes fact sheets about the virus, updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a list of frequently asked questions.

In briefing the State Emergency Response Commission on Friday, officials from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the website will include dashboard that will be updated weekly, beginning Tuesday, with a variety of information, including a tally of Ebola inquiries that the state has received and the number of lab tests that have been conducted.

So far, that number is zero.

"I would hope that the likelihood is low (of an Ebola case)," Julie Casani, director of Public Health Preparedness. "While it's low, that doesn't mean we shouldn't be prepared."

Casani told the emergency response commission that the state has been working since July to ensure North Carolina is ready should someone test positive for Ebola.

"That is the rule we are living by. That we should and need to be prepared should something happen here in North Carolina," she said.

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  • dh1964 Oct 20, 2014

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    It's simply untrue that the CDC or anyone else with any real knowledge of the disease has stated that the chance of Ebola coming to the US was "virtually impossible." It has always been acknowledged that there was a chance of one or two cases making their way over here from West Africa.

  • archmaker Oct 20, 2014

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    well, the only two people in America to catch Ebola did so by helping people.

    So relax, Republicans...you're safe.

  • Danny22 Oct 17, 2014

    just think---a democratic politician is in charge of ebola in America.

  • Pensive01 Oct 17, 2014

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    This is a website that was set up by NC DHHS. That's means it is a state government website, which means blaming the President for it is way past lame.

  • babylaceycarpenter Oct 17, 2014

    Is this website giving out information, or are they hoping to receive information? I mean, 3 weeks ago, there was no possible way this virus would ever make it into the US, much less become an issue. Now we have an Ebola Czar. Seems to me, the CDC and our all knowing pres, are scrambling to find answers. Barry should just resign. Don't wait to screw something else up dude. Just resign.

  • Danny22 Oct 17, 2014

    Our hospitals can't even handle staff infection. How in the world will they handle this virus which is even worse.

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Oct 17, 2014

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    Ebola is only contagious through body fluids of a symptomatic person. Someone can have Ebola and not show symptoms, but they are considered asymptomatic, and can sometimes fight off the infection before it attacks their body.

    You might not buy it, but it doesn't change reality.

  • Pensive01 Oct 17, 2014

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    Thereby proving that in order to find something, you must first look for it.

  • Pensive01 Oct 17, 2014

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    No they aren't telling you that. They are telling you when a person with Ebola becomes contagious, meaning they can infect you. So unless you have daily contact with bodily fluids that aren't yours, and are in Dallas TX, you can pretty much rest assure that you are not in danger of catching it.

  • iopsyc Oct 17, 2014

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    like this one for the flu?

    http://www.flu.nc.gov/

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