Wesley Medical Center officials say they are "prepared to follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) protocols, including isolating patients and taking proper infection control precautions to avoid exposure and exposing others."
According to an information sheet containing facts about the Ebola virus, these infection control precautions include:
Governor Sam Brownback has ordered a special team be created to respond quickly to any suspected Ebola cases in Kansas.
The governor's office also wants to come up with $4 million dollars that could be used in an emergency. Governor Brownback is asking the federal government to provide an emergency cleanup team and federal disposal of Ebola-related waste, if needed.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now claimed the lives of close to 3,000 people. The Center for Disease Control estimates that rates of infection will eclipse a million people by January of next year. A Wichita organization that turns shipping containers into medical clinics is trying to do its part to help keep those numbers from growing.
Matt Hamer of Clinic in a Can unlatches the doors of what, on the outside, appears to be a pearly white shipping container.
The top Medicare expert at the Kaiser Family Foundation says the health care program for older Americans is stronger today than it was four years ago-and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is the reason why. Bryan Thompson spoke with Tricia Neuman while she was in Salina for an annual senior fair.
In October 2009, a successful lawyer and former Wichitan discovered he had bipolar disorder. But he won’t soon forget the vivid experience that changed his life.
Zachary McDermott remembers feeling like he was on his own movie set on the streets of New York…
"The police found me and I’m standing on a subway platform some where in Brooklyn," says McDermott. "I don’t have any clothes on accept a pair of blue Adidas soccer shorts no shoes, no shirt, no underwear—it’s October in New York."
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.
Kansas State University is now barring its students and faculty from making trips to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. It says anyone who has traveled to those countries in the last four weeks must be screened at a campus health center.
A Washington, D.C., group that advocates for families and children is urging Kansans to speak up for renewal of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Bryan Thompson has more.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, was created in 1997 to cover kids whose families are not poor enough for Medicaid, but can’t afford private insurance. The program needs to be reauthorized by Congress to continue after the next fiscal year.