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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

TMA TO TASK FORCE: EBOLA OUTBREAK HIGHLIGHTS NEEDS IN COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING


With the good news of no new Ebola virus cases in Dallas and the apparent recovery of the two nurses who were infected, the nation turned its concern to the New York City physician who contracted the disease while working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea. Here at home:
  •  More than 1,000 physicians and nurses tuned in to ask questions of Ebola experts in a Tele-Town Hall meeting convened by TMA and the Texas Nurses Association (listen to the recording). 
  •  TMA released a video, Why You're Not At All Very Likely to “Catch” Ebola, featuring Robert Haley, MD, director of the Division of Epidemiology in the Internal Medicine Department at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
  • Chip Riggins, MD, the local health authority and executive director for the Williamson County and Cities Health District, testified on behalf of TMA before Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease, Preparedness, and Response. Dr. Riggins called for improvements in communications between practicing physicians and public health agencies; more graduate medical education slots in public health, prevention medicine, and epidemiology; and more attention paid to the needs of private practice physicians during an infectious disease outbreak.  

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