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Gov. Scott Asks CDC for More Help on Ebola Preparation

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Oct 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-18 14:39:46-04

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to train all Florida hospitals in Ebola preparedness.

Scott has been critical of the CDC's response to the crisis. He asked them to conduct health care worker training with all Florida hospitals by conference call.

Earlier this week, state health officials asked for permission to redirect $6 million from federal grants to buy full body suits for health care workers who may have contact with any potential victims of the virus.

Scott has previously asked for 100 special suits from the federal government as well as 30 additional Ebola testing kits but the request has not been granted.

He'll meet with state health officials again Friday and will hold a news conference in South Florida later that day to discuss the CDC's response.