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Ebola preparedness

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Ebola Virus continues to create concern. Hinds County wants you to know it is prepared. Right now the Ebola virus is not a threat to Hinds County, however after the county received a grant, it says it is now prepared if a case is detected.

"We wanted to let the public know that we are on top of the game and we have some personal protective equipment," said Hinds County Emergency Management Agency Director Ricky Moore.

Homeland Security granted Hinds County ten thousand dollars to buy hazardous materials equipment. Moore says the money was used to purchase what they call personal protection equipment. This equipment will allow first responders to properly dress if they have to respond to a possible Ebola patient.

"The suits you see people wearing on the news, the Accuses, the hospitals are using," said Moore. "Also the taping. We have the tape to tape the suits the proper use of those suits."

Right now State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs says Ebola is a virus the Mississippi State Department of Health is taking very seriously. However, Dobbs says the fear of Ebola is more dangerous than the disease in our state.

"We want people to be calm and go about their lives and worry about flu. Because flu season is coming and we know it kills many, many Mississippians every year," said Dr. Dobbs. "So, although we are worried about Ebola and we are keeping an eye on it, the legitimate threat right now is not from Ebola in Mississippi, although we do want to be prepared. But flu season is right around the corner.

Moore says his team has met with local county and city leaders to ensure safety for all residents in Hinds County.

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