Fred BodimerBy Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri health officials are planning ahead just in case an Ebola case shows up in the state.

“I know we’re prepared to handle it,” says director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Gail Vasterling.

Vasterling says they’ve sent multiple health alerts detailing proper protocol and procedures to health providers throughout the state.

“Also, we have done training recently with health-care providers, and EMS, as well as law enforcement,” she says. “There were over 150 first responders and health officials in Jefferson City a couple days ago attending a training and briefing about the Ebola virus.”

Vasterling says there’s probably a little bit of an overreaction from the public, but it’s better to be prepared.

“We are prepared for a possible Ebola patient in Missouri,” she says.

Vasterling says she understands the growing public concern, but, “The message is, it’s not an airborne illness – you can’t catch it like you can the flu. We have alerted health-care workers to be alert for signs and symptoms of Ebola infection in patients, and, we’re prepared to handle it if one comes to Missouri.”

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