Florida Prepares for Possibility of Ebola

Ebola Virus
Posted at 12:22 PM, Oct 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-08 11:36:00-04

Jacksonville, FL (WTXL) -- Governor Rick Scott is working with Texas's Ebola response team to update Ebola preparations in the state after the possible Ebola patient in Miami.

The Miami patient's preliminary test came back negative and there will be more testing later this week to completely rule out the possibility of Ebola.

In the meantime, Governor Scott is updating Florida's preparedness activities to help keep the state safe.

Scott said, "We are glad to hear that the test for the Miami patient was indeed negative for Ebola and we are hopeful that further CDC and Department of Health analysis will back up this preliminary negative result later this week. While we have no confirmed cases of Ebola in Florida, we are continuing to take every step possible to best protect our citizens and our tourists."

The Agency for Health Care Administration has begun to distribute Ebola identification information. They have also identified which hospitals have proper treatment and isolation facilities.

The agency's staff has gone through training in case they need to support hospitals in the event of confirmed Ebola cases.

The Florida Department of Health is making sure that additional patient screening is happening at all local hospitals and care centers.

Governor Scott is learning how Tecas handled the confirmed Ebola patient in Dallas. He said, "We will stay in communication with Texas officials as their response and treatment efforts continue to develop".