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It Can Happen Here: North Dakota Watching for Ebola

PHOTO: With the announcement that the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola while in the U.S. has died, state health officials are preparing for if, or when, the deadly virus will appear locally. Photo credit: CDC Global/Flickr.
PHOTO: With the announcement that the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola while in the U.S. has died, state health officials are preparing for if, or when, the deadly virus will appear locally. Photo credit: CDC Global/Flickr.
October 9, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. – With the announcement that the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola while in the U.S. has died, state health officials are preparing for if – or when – the deadly virus will appear locally.

Michelle Feist, an epidemiologist at the North Dakota Department of Health, says planning has been underway for some time, and key to the efforts is keeping in regular contact with all the stakeholders on what preparations and precautions to take.

"Reaching out to the medical community, the university systems and other organizations here in the state, businesses as well,” she explains. “So, we've been continuing to work with those avenues to make sure that the right people have information so that they can prepare as well."

The U.S. Ebola patient who died Wednesday was 42-year-old Thomas Duncan, who had traveled from his home in Liberia and was visiting family in Texas when he became ill last month.

Those with whom Duncan had contact continue to be monitored in isolation, but none has shown any symptoms thus far.

While the Texas case is a long way from the state, and the real outbreak is currently centered in three African countries, Feist says North Dakota is not immune.

"Just because we're a smaller state and we don't have an international airport in North Dakota that doesn't mean that traveling doesn't occur in the state,” she stresses. “So our message is that it can happen in a community even in North Dakota, even in a small community in North Dakota. So everyone should be prepared and ready for that."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest in history.

There have been nearly 7,500 cases and 3,500 deaths to date, with widespread transmission in the countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND