Nurse Kaci Hickox may have reached a settlement with the state over how she’ll be monitored for signs of Ebola, but that doesn’t mean the deadly virus has dropped off Maine’s radar. Medical professionals and public officials from across the state gathered Wednesday in Bangor to further prepare for a possible case of the illness. They discussed basic information about Ebola, the regional response plan, the behavioral health impact of the disease, how to care for patients, and how to handle and transport laboratory specimens and Ebola waste.
Many of the health professionals in attendance hoped to overcome misinformation about the virus. A prime example: the phony online Ebola story that fueled concerns in Fort Kent earlier this week.
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Even if Democrats had been victorious in governor races, they still faced a long shot getting Medicaid expansion through Republican-controlled legislatures. The one exception was Maine, where Gov. Paul LePage, who was re-elected, has five times vetoed efforts by his state’s Democratic-controlled legislature to expand the program.
The bonds will fund testing of disease-carrying ticks and mosquitoes, construction of a new cancer research center at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, and a new lab and workforce training facility at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
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Wendy Watkins, Gym Class Dropout
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From the source
The Maine Department of Health and Human Services released this statement regarding its decision to withhold the name of a Cumberland County restaurant where a worker may have exposed diners to hepatitis A. I wrote about the situation in a blog post earlier this week.
Compiled by BDN Health Editor Jackie Farwell