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CDC responds to Florida's requests for help with potential Ebola outbreak

RESPONSE: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed Saturday to some — but not all — of Gov. Rick Scott’s Ebola-related requests.
RESPONSE: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed Saturday to some — but not all — of Gov. Rick Scott’s Ebola-related requests. Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The federal Centers for Disease Control agreed Saturday to some — but not all — of Gov. Rick Scott’s Ebola-related requests.

The CDC will hold a conference call with Florida hospitals next week on best practices, Scott said Saturday. The organization has also given Florida the green light to spend about $7 million in federal grant funding on protective suits for healthcare workers.

“The CDC indicated that we will receive formal approval next week, but based on this preliminary approval, we have already begun using these funds to enhance our Ebola preparedness efforts,” Scott said in a statement.

The governor is still waiting on the CDC to contact passengers on a plane that stopped in Fort Lauderdale after carrying a nurse who was later diagnosed with Ebola.

He also has yet to receive 27 of the 30 Ebola testing kits he requested.

“With a population of more than 19 million people, tens of millions of tourists, and numerous ports and international airports, we must ensure Florida can rapidly test any future patients who have the potential for Ebola,” he said.

The conference call with Florida hospitals will take place Monday at 3:30 p.m.

The call will provide “guidance for proper use of Personal Protective Equipment, safe handling of medical waste and effective clinical strategies within the hospital setting,” Scott’s office said.

Kathleen McGrory can be reached at kmcgrory@MiamiHerald.com

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