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.
Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:03 pm
Louisiana's legislature passed a law in 2013 prompting all state colleges and universities to go tobacco-free by Aug. 1 of this year. It's been almost two months now since tobacco products have officially been banned on LSU's Baton Rouge campus.