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Red River Radio
9:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Health study: Arkansas and Louisiana lack defenses against 'superbugs'

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.

The report, “Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases,” found that Arkansas scored the lowest of all, two out of 10 on key indicators related to preventing and responding to antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.”

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8:18 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Flu Hitting Louisiana Hard

Louisiana health officials say residents are being hit hard by the flu.

And a vaccine might not be that effective.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the designation of “widespread” usually doesn’t happen until January or February.

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Louisiana and Alaska as the only states with “widespread” outbreaks of influenza for the week ending November 22.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reporting an uptick in influenza reports.

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7:06 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Bill Gates, In New Orleans, Pledges Millions To Fight Ebola And Malaria

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.

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7:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Medical Conference Sparks Ebola Concerns

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.

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7:57 am
Fri October 24, 2014

New Orleans Man Monitored For Ebola Exposure

A New Orleans man is being monitored for Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta notified state health officials about the man, who just returned from a country affected by Ebola.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that state officials say the man has no symptoms, but will be staying home through November 5.

He is being observed under the same conditions as an LSU employee who returned to Baton Rouge earlier this month, after training Liberian police officers on Ebola safety procedures.

Red River Radio
11:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Shreveport 'Ebola 101' forum: Experts allay fears, promote common sense hygiene - hand washing

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.

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7:21 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Jindal Orders Travel Restrictions To Block Ebola Virus

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.

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7:29 am
Fri October 17, 2014

LSU Keeps Employee Off Campus After Training Liberian Police

An employee at Louisiana State University who trained Liberian police on using protective clothing has been asked to stay off campus for three weeks.

It’s during that time frame when the Ebola virus symptoms could develop.

The Department of Health and Hospitals says it's calling him twice daily for random temperature checks.

Spokeswoman Olivia Watkins says the man knows the virus' symptoms. She says he’s not at risk because he did not have contact with any infected people.

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7:53 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Judge Blocks Ebola Material From Landfill

A judge is temporarily blocking the disposal in southwest Louisiana of ash from the incineration of a Texas Ebola victim's belongings.

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell had sought the order. Caldwell's office said state district Judge Robert Downing of Baton Rouge signed it yesterday afternoon.

Linen, bedding and carpet taken from the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan first got sick were destroyed Friday at an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas.

The ash was to be sent to a Calcasieu Parish facility run by Chemical Waste Management of Lake Charles.

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7:04 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Louisiana Fighting To Block Cremated Remains Of Ebola Victim's Belongings From Landfill

Louisiana wants to stop the incinerated belongings of the Texas Ebola victim from being placed in a Calcasieu Parish landfill.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell will ask for a temporary restraining order today blocking the plan.

Caldwell said in a news release that “there are too many unknowns.” He says it is “absurd to transport potentially hazardous Ebola waste across state lines."

The Advocate reports the dispute centers on six truckloads of items possibly contaminated by Thomas Duncan when he fell sick.

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