Chafee: RI prepared for potential Ebola outbreak

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Ebola virus is causing increased concern in Rhode Island and around the world. And health officials in the Ocean State said they are taking no chances when it comes to possible cases.

On Thursday, Governor Lincoln Chafee expressed confidence that Rhode Island’s response to the Ebola crisis has been ahead of the curve.

“We’ve known that with a high Liberian population that we had to be prepared. So even going back to July and August our Department of Health was getting prepared for a potential Ebola outbreak.”

Chafee believes the director of the state health department, Dr. Michael Fine, is the right man at the right time.

“Dr. Fine, he has a whole preparation and has given presentations to the Liberian community. Last Friday we had the whole Cabinet in so all the departments of state government know exactly what we can do to prepare. It’s a lot of quarantine if we get an individual that has an outbreak, finding out who they might have been in contact with, and also knowledge about the disease and this virus.”

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