Arkansas and Louisiana are ill-prepared to detect, diagnose and respond to threats like Ebola and outbreaks of infectious diseases, according to a report released Thursday by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Bill Gates is keynote speaker at American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference in New Orleans.
Thousands of scientists from around the world jammed into a New Orleans hotel ballroom to hear remarks by former Microsoft President Bill Gates about medical advances his foundation is funding to stop contagious diseases. Some who could not attend were also cheered by their colleagues.
Medical conference set for New Orleans on tropical diseases.
As the nation grapples with containing the Ebola virus, thousands of medical experts are traveling to New Orleans next week to discuss the response. Louisiana health officials are asking anyone who has recently traveled to a region affected by Ebola to cancel their visit.
Dr. Gerald Capraro, director of LSU Health Shreveport's microbiology lab, Dr. Martha Whyte, Region 7 medical director, and Dr. John Vanchiere, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at LSU Health Shreveport took audience questions at Sci-Port's Ebola 101 forum.
Infectious disease experts at LSU Health Shreveport say the hospital is carrying out practice drills on how to care for an Ebola patient should the situation arise at University Health. Physicians, nurses and medical staff continue to practice using protective gear, according to Dr. John Vanchiere.
Governor Bobby Jindal is ordering every part of state government under his control to start reporting any travel to countries where people might catch the Ebola virus.
He is also ordering restrictions or advisories on those travelers' use of commercial transportation — as well as going to gathering places such as restaurants, grocery stores and theaters — for 21 days after their return.
Jindal's executive order issued yesterday covers public college and university students, faculty and staff as well as all executive branch employees.