Boston is preparing for an Ebola outbreak

Public health groups in Boston are working together to outline a plan

BOSTON (WWLP) – The City of Boston is coming up with a plan to deal with the deadly Ebola virus if it were to come to Massachusetts.

Most cases of the deadly Ebola virus show up in Central or West Africa, but people in Massachusetts are preparing for a possible outbreak. Public health groups in Boston are working together to outline a plan just in case.

A doctor for the Boston Public Health Commission said that, “While the risk to our residents is very low, it is always better to prepare so that we can appropriately identify and care for suspected cases.”

This comes after the Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed nearly 1,400 people sparking concern from those closer to home.

Antonio Alvaro of West Springfield said,  “I guess everybody has a concern, you know, if it comes here or not. Hopefully it doesn’t, but you never know.”

However, if it does some are confident that western Massachusetts hospitals would be able to treat the deadly disease.

Bob O’Brien of West Springfield said,  “Definitely. I think the area hospitals do a fantastic job in handling emergencies.”

It’s been six-months since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  The World Health Organization said it’s likely to continue for “many more months.”

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