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  • Victoria ready if Ebola strikes

    Author: AAP

Victoria's health department has launched a statewide plan aimed at containing Ebola, though officials say the risk is very low.

Authorities say the risk of Ebola reaching Victoria is very low but have still rolled out a statewide plan aimed at containing the disease.

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The health department on Thursday launched the Victorian Ebola Virus Disease Response Plan, for health services and GPs.

It includes steps aimed at containing an outbreak of the deadly virus, such as isolating patients and equipping staff with protective gear.

Chief health officer Dr Rosemary Lester said the plan was applicable to all health services and would safeguard patients and staff.


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"The plan contains a simple set of steps frontline clinicians can take should a suspected case present at their service after returning from an affected country," she said.

The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) is the designated facility for anyone thought to have contracted the disease, while children under 16 would be treated at the Royal Children's Hospital.

Health Minister David Davis said the plan was precautionary and the risk of Ebola reaching Victoria was very low, as the state had some of the best border protection in the world and there were few people returning from West Africa where the virus had spread.

"I hope we don't have to put the plan in action," he told reporters.

Copyright AAP 2014


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