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Louisiana Health Officials Quietly Planning For Potential Ebola Cases

Louisiana Health Officials Quietly Planning For Potential Ebola Cases

Long before a man was diagnosed with the Ebola virus in neighboring Texas, Louisiana's health department was quietly working on what to do in case someone with the disease showed up in the state.

Gov. Bobby Jindal met with agency heads Wednesday to get an update on preparations and precautions.

He says Louisiana is ready if an Ebola case should occur.

Health department officials emphasize that the symptoms are common, and people don't need to worry about Ebola unless they've recently traveled to West Africa or been close to someone with the virus.

The governor says the education department will send information about the disease to school districts, teachers and parents.

He says the National Guard has medical lab teams with portable testing equipment on standby.

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