DHHS secretary discusses preparations for Ebola

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is working with health care providers to prepare in the event of a case of Ebola being discovered in the state.

Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos says her agency has worked closely with its public health partners and health care providers since July to prepare for the possibility that a North Carolina patient might be diagnosed with Ebola.

Public health officials are actively monitoring for cases using a variety of methods, including surveillance of emergency department visits and collaborating with a network of epidemiologists.

The department’s State Laboratory of Public Health also has established the capability to rapidly detect Ebola infection using procedures and materials provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

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