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State health Director Jose Montero speaks to a crowd about Ebola in North Sutton.

Nov 17, 2014 9:10 PM

NH health officials hold info Monday night meeting on Ebola


SUTTON - New Hampshire state health officials held an informational meeting on ebola Monday night at Kearsarge Regional High School's auditorium.

NH Public Health Director Jose Montero led most of the meeting, taking questions from the crowd - many of whom were parents of students at the high school. School officials said they were glad to host the meeting.

"Our job is education. And it's a great opportunity for us as an organization to help educate folks," said Superintendent Jerry Frew.

It's education that state officials say is key. They stressed the risk to being exposed to the deadly disease is extremely low - and that there are many more illnesses that are likely to effect us in the Granite State.

"Influenza is a big risk - diabetes is a big risk - Hepatitis C scare that was going on," said Beth Lukaitis, a parent of a student at the high school.

It's illnesses like this that officials say the public should be more concerned with.

"People tend to forget that those diseases are here and get people sick every single day," Dr. Montero said.

However, if ebola was confirmed in New Hampshire - Montero says state law allows the Dept. of Health to ensure the public is protected. Even if that means isolating those infected.

"We will quarantine the family until we are sure that they are not infected," said Dr. Montero.

Officials said if ebola was confirmed in New Hampshire, they would call a press conference to immediately notify members of the public.

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