ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washtenaw County Medical Society held its second Ebola Preparedness meeting for health and medical leaders within Washtenaw County. Over 40 representatives from Washtenaw County Public Health, The Michigan Department of Community Health, University of Michigan Health System, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Michigan Department of Community Health, EMS, and independent physician association Integrated Healthcare Associates (IHA) were present to discuss Ebola preparedness at all levels.
The group reviewed the Ebola virus situation worldwide and in the U.S. Representatives from Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and the University of Michigan Health System gave updates on their patient screening process, isolation plan for persons exposed to the virus, and training of clinical care teams. Also, Dr. Matt Davis, the Chief Medical Executive at MDCH, discussed the state preparations and answered questions from the group. The recently updated CDC Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure was reviewed and is currently being followed by Washtenaw County Public Health.
The group will meet again in 1-2 months (or sooner if necessary) to review Ebola preparedness efforts in Washtenaw County. "These meetings will help us all be on the same page regarding what we'll do when, and if, a confirmed case of Ebola appears in Washtenaw County," said Charles Koopmann, Jr., MD, Washtenaw County Medical Society President. Ebola has infected more than 13, 000 and killed more than 4,950 people since it broke out in West Africa earlier this year, according to the World Health Organization. The majority of the cases and deaths have occurred in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Washtenaw County Medical Society supports Washtenaw physicians in their professional commitment to the health and well-being of residents of Washtenaw County.
SOURCE Washtenaw County Medical Society