Columbiana Co. prepares for potential Ebola cases

SALEM, Ohio (WKBN) – Inside of the Kent State University Salem City Center, the talk Monday evening turned to Ebola and ways to become educated on the topic.

“People tend to be very frightened about things they don’t know but they hear about over and over again,” Kent State University Associate Professor Ernest Freeman said.

Freeman talked to students and the public in Salem Monday night about Ebola.

“It’s important that people understand what the real dangers are, what the real concerns should be,” Freeman said.

He said there are a lot of misconceptions out there on the deadly disease.

One of the biggest misconceptions is that Ebola can be caught through things like sneezing.

“To this point in time it has not shown to be airborne be any stretch,” Freeman said.

As Freeman educated people, Deanna Danner with Salem Regional Medical Center said the hospital made sure they were ready for any possible cases, especially after Amber Vinson traveled to Akron in October.

“Within the 24 hours, we had our unit designated, we were taping off our hot, cold and warm zones,” Danner said.

Danner says they have been prepping for any big infectious diseases, like Ebola.

“We practice, practice, practice. I’d have to say that’s one of the biggest helps that we have,” Danner said.

Wesley Vins of the Columbiana County Health Department says the county is ready for any potential cases.

“I think we’re a lot more ready today than we were two or three months ago. We continue to learn,” Vins said.

Anyone who missed the meeting but wants more information can call the Columbiana County Health Department.

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