LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Public health officials in Los Angeles County say they are prepared to handle Ebola if it reaches Southern California.
KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports Dr. Robert Kim-Farley with L.A. County Public Health says outreach teams are going to hospitals helping them train for a possible Ebola patient.READ MORE: Former Major League Pitcher Ricky Romero Teams Up With Other Pros To Host Free Camp
While there are currently no Ebola cases or suspect cases in California, Kim-Farley said county officials are in a state of Ebola preparedness after reports that two health care workers in Dallas tested positive for the disease.
County health officials will put particular focus on any people returning from a trip to Africa or those who may have been in close contact with someone who had, according to Kim-Farley.
He also assured reporters that medical staffers are using the same protective gear required for dealing with other infectious diseases, but acknowledges potential flaws could occur.READ MORE: Arrest Made In Burbank Hit-And-Run
“Even the surfaces around that could have been contaminated by vomit or diarrhea, these and all bodily fluids would be highly infectious,” said Kim-Farley.
The CDC announced Wednesday that the second healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola — now identified as Amber Joy Vinson of Dallas — traveled by air Oct. 13, with a low-grade fever, a day before she showed up at the hospital reporting symptoms.
The CDC is now reaching out to all passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth.
All 132 passengers on the flight are being asked to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). Public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight later this afternoon.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Suspicious Item Near LAX, Causing Street Closures
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