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Only On 7: Ohio Valley First Responders Preparing for Ebola Virus


On Tuesday night, first responders in one local county heard first-hand the potential life-saving tips they would need in dealing with the Ebola virus, if a case were to occur.

The Ebola virus is not currently in the state of Ohio, however, two residents of Belmont County are being asked to check their temperatures and note any changes to the health department after being in the same store as the Texas nurse diagnosed with the deadly virus.

The Emergency Management Agency office was packed with first responders from across the county Tuesday night. The issue at hand was how to contain and properly handle the Ebola virus should a case be confirmed.

The two people in the county being monitored are not experiencing any symptoms, officials say there is no reason for fear or panic.

Almost every seat at the meeting was filled, with county officials like Commissioner Matt Coffland and Sheriff Dave Lucas attending, as well. Lucas voiced his displeasure about not being informed about the two individuals being monitored, and finding out through the media.

The goal of the meeting was to get everyone on the same page about how to deal with the Ebola virus if a case did pop up, something county officials said they do not expect.

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