Austin and Travis County leaders prepare for Ebola

The fatality rate in an Ebola outbreak ranges from 25 percent to 90 percent, depending on the particular strain of the virus involved.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thursday morning city and county leaders will discuss what they’re doing to prepare local agencies for potential health threats like Ebola.

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. at the Travis County Commissioners Court along with Officials from Austin Travis County Health and Human Services, St. David’s Healthcare and Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

A big part of the conversation not only in Central Texas, but across the country is how medical workers put on and take off their protective gear.

Austin Police said the department is ordering more protective equipment for their first responders.  Texas law says state and local health services can declare a quarantine of a person or place in the response to an infectious disease, like ebola.  It says that people who try to leave or get into the quarantined area are guilty of a third degree felony.  Also, an officer may use “reasonable force” to secure the area or to stop those who are not allowed in or out to move in or out of the area.


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