Mayor and health leaders reveal Indy Ebola plan

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – City and county public safety and health officials have revealed Indianapolis’ Ebola plan.

The leaders outlined the steps officials have been taking to make sure Indianapolis is prepared.

Mayor Ballard said his office has been working with county, state and federal agencies on preparations ever since the first Ebola patient arrived on American soil.

“We believe we are ready,” said Ballard.

Numerous times, leaders said an Ebola patient in Indianapolis was “unlikely.”

“I know people are concerned and I encourage everyone to use common sense, just as you would to reduce the chance of getting any other illness,” said Ballard.

The Department of Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said officials have been monitoring and learning from the situation in Dallas.

“The fear of this disease is greater than the actual disease at this time,” said Riggs.

The city and county are taking the following steps to prepare for Ebola:

  • Every hospital has implemented consistent screening and isolation measures
  • Protective equipment has been issued to personnel and facilities that might be needed to treat an Ebola patient
  • IEMS has dedicated an ambulance for transport of suspected patients in Indy and surrounding areas
  • IEMS, IMPD and IFD personnel have received information and instructions for handling potential patients
  • The Marion County Public Health Department has issued instructions to all healthcare personnel about the safe use and handling of protective equipment and lab specimens.

Officials say the plan the plan was not relation to a specific incident or report and no one in the Indianapolis area is known to have the Ebola virus.

Riggs urged Hoosiers to get flu shots.

“Some of the fever and aches you get with a flu, if there is an Ebola outbreak somebody may misconstrue that. It may hurt our operations and could hurt the individuals within the medical community and the emergency room,” said Riggs.

Riggs pointed out that cyber criminals are starting taking advantage of fear surrounding Ebola.

“There are a lot of scams with Ebola now. People are trying to gain access to people’s home computers by giving our information about Ebola. We are asking citizens to only pay attention to reputable news sources, or local govt on Ebola type information and information gathering so you don’t become a victim of some type of cyber crime,” said Riggs.

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