Rhode Island health department officials do not expect to see any Ebola cases in the state. But they’re preparing anyway.
Rhode Island’s health department director Dr. Michael Fine says his agency knows how to handle an infectious disease outbreak. And one of the first lines of defense against Ebola includes health care workers and hospitals.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure that everyone understands what they have to do should a traveler come here from an endemic area," said Fine.
Fine says his department has been in communication with health care providers, including emergency medical teams. But he emphasizes that he does not expect Ebola in the Ocean State. And he hopes Rhode Islanders will offer support to members of the state’s West African community – many of whom are worrying about friends and family back home.