• On October 29, officials from around the state met to discuss responses to any potential Ebola cases in Plaquemines Parish. Pictured: Office of Public Health Chief Medical Officer Takeisha Davis, Parish President Billy Nungesser, Louisiana GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis and Coast Guard Capt. Wayne Arguin.
    Jessica Ragusa

Plaq. Parish prepares for Ebola virus

By Alex Galbraith
Though there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish officials are wasting no time preparing for any potential cases that may enter the parish. Parish officials, health workers, policemen and state representatives gathered at the Belle Chasse Auditorium on October 29 to discuss a potential response to an Ebola case in Plaquemines. While all of the cases of Ebola in the United States have come to the country via air travel, Parish officials wanted to be prepared in the case of an infected ship coming up the Mississippi River. “It only takes one person coming up the river,” said President Billy Nungesser, speaking to the high level of concern surrounding the infectious disease. “I’m confident that, working as a team, we can minimize any harm.” Coast Guard Captain Wayne Arguin did his best to assuage Nungesser’s fears, detailing the Coast Guard protocols in place to keep an infected crew from docking in Southeast Louisiana. “Every vessel that arrives has to give a 96 hour notice of arrival. In that notice we can see their previous ports of call. If the boat has been to one of the three ports [in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone] then we ask additional questions,” said Arguin.
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