The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is working closely with health care providers, local utilities, business and faith-based organizations, and the state's education systems to ensure everyone is prepared in the unlikely event that Ebola spreads to the state.
Although the risk is not considered high in Arkansas, the state health department acknowledges the importance of keeping these individuals ahead of the game. Only people who have traveled to affected countries in West Africa and health care workers who have treated an infected Ebola patient in the last 21 days are considered at-risk.
“As the public is well aware, there has been much concern about Ebola in the last few weeks,” Dr. Nate Smith, the director of the health department, said. “Ebola is a very serious infection, but so far we have had no cases in Arkansas. The ADH has been working closely with many groups to ensure we are ready to rapidly identify, assess and properly manage any potential threats.”
Smith also said travel to or from Dallas, where three people have been diagnosed with Ebola, does not pose a risk.