Mahoning Co. gets money for Ebola preparedness conference

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Local health officials want to be ready for any kind of outbreak. And that includes the possibility of Ebola.

So next month, they will be holding an Ebola preparedness conference.

The Mahoning County District Board of Health approved $1,634.10 in funding for the conference on July 30. It will be held at the Boardman Holiday Inn.

The money is coming from the CDC. The federal agency is providing extra funds to states for Ebola preparedness.

The conference will include specific training for health care workers in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

“It involves hospitals, health care professionals, emergency management, emergency medical systems. It is all of us partners that would need to be able to respond to an Ebola outbreak,” Mahoning County Health Commissioner Patricia Sweeney.

The most recent Ebola scare in Northeast Ohio came in October when a nurse from Texas flew into Cleveland to visit family in the area. The nurse was diagnosed with Ebola a few days later.

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