Indiana Health System Ready For Ebola, If It Arrives
October 10, 2014 — Eric Berman, Network Indiana — Health officials say Indiana is prepared for the possibility of a case of Ebola virus.
Indiana State Department of Health chief medical consultant Joan Duwve says doctors and nurses are being reminded to make sure they know how to put on protective gear, and to ask patients about recent travel. But for the most part, she says preparedness for Ebola is the same as for any other disease — the only difference is that the stakes are higher. Duwve notes you might get away with a slip in protocol in treating a flu patient, but Ebola is so deadly that there‘s no margin for error.
Governor Pence and incoming health commissioner Jerome Adams joined a regular monthly webinar for more than a thousand health providers around the state to assure them the state is ready. Pence boasts state and local health officials dealt effectively earlier this year with MERS, the respiratory ailment which made its first U-S appearance in Indiana.
So far, a Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola after arriving in Texas to visit relatives is the only U-S case of the disease.