Governor, State Health Officer to hold news conference to update Ebola readiness in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – While there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Alabama, that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of fear of the disease showing up somewhere.  Thursday, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will hold a news conference with the state’s health officer to discuss the situation in Alabama and our state’s preparedness.

There have been several cases of concern in Alabama.  As of mid-October, 12 patients in Alabama have gone through initial evaluations for a possible Ebola infection.  Only one has met the criteria for testing.

That’s according to State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson who spoke to our news partner,  It turned out that person had malaria.

Dr. Williamson will join Governor Bentley today to provide an update on the state’s readiness regarding the Ebola virus during a news conference set for 12:15 pm in the Governor’s office at the state capitol in Montgomery.

Dr. Williamson and Governor Bentley will answer questions related to the state’s preparedness.

Governor Bentley has said all along that people should be concerned about Ebola, but not overreact to it.

WHNT News 19 will update you on what comes from the news conference.

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