Louisiana officials preparing for Ebola cases

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BATON ROUGE — Louisiana leaders say they have devised a statewide response plan to protect residents if the state has a case of Ebola. They say they are working with hospitals to identify treatment locations.

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.

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