Nov 14, 2014 4:39 PM
New Hampshire has become the latest front in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus.
State health officials brief the public Monday night at Kearsarge High School about the mission of New London area health care workers who will soon travel to the West African region where Ebola has thrived.
Public Health Director Jose Montero and State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan will answer questions about the risk and what that will be taken for returning travelers.
"So while we understand the fear and concern that this raises in the community, we are actively monitoring and the risk to the communities and family members is very low,'' Dr. Chan said.
This event comes at a sensitive time as the third US doctor is returning from the region with Ebola. A Sierra Leone citizen, He's the 10th American to contract the virus.
"The thought is they are evaluating this patient trying to make sure they are stable enough for transfer and if that is the case, they probably will be coming to us,'' said Dr. Mark Rupp, chief of infectious disease with the Nebraska Medical Center.
This is first trip for New Hampshire's health professionals since Governor Maggie Hassan announced last month protocols the state will follow.
Under the regime any traveler to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea with contact with Ebola patients will be monitored for 21 days.
These travelers are encouraged to avoid large crowds and if they develop symptoms, the state will take steps to quarantine them.
Dr. Chan said typically those coming back who've come down with Ebola first tend to show symptoms in the eight-to-10 day window.
Chan said health care workers in the affected countries are doing a better job of equipping health care workers with the right amount of clothing that keeps them from coming down with the virus.
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