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“It is not possible to predict whether there will be an Ebola case in Colorado. It is necessary to be prepared,” said Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department, in collaboration with the Colorado Hospital Association, the Colorado Medical Society, the Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, continues to refine statewide plans for responding to a possible case of Ebola and to assist hospitals, health care providers and first responders in their preparations.

Preparations include educating health care staff and practicing scenarios about caring for patients with Ebola, including use of personal protective equipment, triage of suspected patients, logistics of providing ongoing care and appropriate control procedures for hazardous material handling and disposal.

Sept. 30, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first travel-associated case of the Ebola virus in the United States in a patient in Texas. Colorado has no cases of Ebola.

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Holyoke Enterprise October 23, 2014