Democratic Republic of Congo in under observation by Kentucky health leaders, they are keenly watching what’s happening? There is a public health emergency in wake of the Ebola crisis, The World Health Organization. Up till now more than 16-hundred people have died So far, from the latest outbreak.
The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh says the risk to the Central Kentuckians is very low.
“This is really, right now, in an area in the Northeast, fairly remote part of the county, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, there are concerns that it could spread.”
He also says that the monitoring of the health of people entering the Kentucky, could be the Commonwealth’s best defense, for keeping the virus out.
“We are notified about who those folks are and they check in with us, and we evaluate them for risk factors and then we monitor them, they agree to be monitored for a 21-day period.”
Monitoring for the virus includes the checking travelers’ temperature and the checking for symptoms.
“We’ve already monitored a person in Lexington this year, and we expect that we will have other travelers that return from that area that will be monitored.”
Dr. Humbaugh also pointed out that currently there are no reported cases of Ebola in United States.