The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is working diligently with public health officials and hospitals across the state to ensure a swift and effective response in the event of a case of Ebola in Kansas. Kansas has had no confirmed cases of Ebola at this time.
“I am very concerned about the number of Ebola cases that have developed in the U.S. in just a few short weeks,” said Gov. Sam Brownback. “I have instructed KDHE to develop a plan for Kansas that includes stronger rules on protective gear and isolation.”
The rules go beyond what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend.
“I have tasked KDHE and other state agencies to devote whatever resources are necessary to protect Kansans in the event of any possible Ebola case in the state,” he said.
Kansas officials began preparing for Ebola many weeks prior to its appearance in the U.S.
Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary of KDHE and State Health Officer., said “We are working with health officials statewide to assess the needs of our healthcare community and provide them with the resources and guidance they need.”
In addition, the Governor has ordered additional actions and resources,
“The goal of all these actions is to protect Kansans and the integrity of our healthcare system across the state,” said Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. “With the flu season upon us, I urge Kansans to get a flu shot and minimize the number of people coming to hospitals with these symptoms.”
KDHE will continue monitoring the situation carefully and working with the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department and Kansas Division of Emergency Management, responsible for assisting state and local government through the coordination of resources as outlined in the Kansas Response Plan, and for leading the state’s overall emergency response planning efforts.
KDHE encourages all Kansans to become informed about Ebola by going to www.kdheks.gov/ebola and www.cdc.gov/ebola. The websites are updated frequently with new information.