DHEC director: SC needs better Ebola alert system

DHEC director: SC needs better Ebola alert system

By MEG KINNARD

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The director of South Carolina's public health agency says the state needs a way to send an immediate alert to a variety of agencies if a case of Ebola is found.

Department of Health and Environmental Control director Catherine Templeton told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she wants to ensure that health care providers, as well as first responders and coroners, are all informed quickly if any suspected cases are identified in the state.

Templeton is to address a meeting of the Senate Medical Affairs committee on Thursday. South Carolina Hospitals Association executive director Thornton Kirby is also set to testify.

Templeton stressed that there are no known or suspected Ebola cases in South Carolina. A Liberian man being treated for Ebola at a Dallas hospital died Wednesday.

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