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Guam Pandemic Plan being updated in response to Ebola threat

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The Department of Public Health is working with stakeholders in the government, federal and private sector to update the Guam Pandemic Influenza Plan. Director James Gillan says stakeholders gathered at the Governor's Office Monday to revise the plan to take into account the Ebola virus.

He said, "We do have to be cautious, there's no questions about it, but what we do want to send people the message that given the information we have now, the risk for actually getting Ebola is very minimal on Guam if we do get a case, we are ramping up, we're getting prepared, we'll be doing table talk exercises, we want to partner more with the medical community, but right now with our thinking along with the Governor and Lt. Governor office that we really need to ensure that our first points of entry and our first responders get protected first."

Gillan says Public Health is in the process of getting proper equipment in line with the Centers of Disease Control guidelines. He adds an executive order is being crafted to form an Ebola Response Task Force for the island.
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