We received the good news this morning that the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has cleared Thomas Duncan’s first 43 Ebola contacts in Dallas after 21 days passed with no signs or symptoms. Local, state, and federal public health officials continue to monitor 120 people for the disease. Texans, however, remain concerned and worried about the outbreak. You can learn the latest about Texas’ Ebola response and how to protect you and your staff by participating in TMA’s Tele-Town Hall meeting tonight. TMA physician experts and Department of State Health Services’ leaders will be on hand to answer your questions from 7 to 8 pm. TMA and the Texas Nursing Association are cohosting the meeting. We will call you directly at your home phone number. All you need to do is pick up the phone and stay on the line. If you don’t want to participate, just hang up. If you can’t make the call and want to hear what was discussed, please go to TMA’s Ebola Virus Resource Center. A recording of the meeting will be posted Tuesday. This event is the latest in the series of TMA activities to keep Texas physicians and the public informed about the science of the Dallas Ebola crisis. They include:
- Protect Yourself From the Ebola Virus — an easy-to-understand patient flyer, in English and in Spanish, that we developed in conjunction with the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS).
- What if Someone Walks Into My Office With Ebola? — science-based guidelines to prepare your practice and protect your staff and patients if someone presents with Ebola symptoms.
- “Facts, Not Fear” — an outstanding town hall meeting that DCMS hosted with WFAA-TV. Watch the replay.
- TMA’s Ebola Virus Resource Center — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DSHS, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Dallas County Health and Human Services have issued numerous bulletins, guidelines, and other materials to help you respond to the Ebola outbreak. We organize them for your ease of use.