abc
QUICK LINKS:

Minnesota Officials in Ebola Awareness Push, Group Opens Duluth Donation Locations

Updated: 08/07/2014 10:42 AM
Created: 08/06/2014 10:52 PM WDIO.com

Minnesota health officials are trying to ease any fears about the possible spread of Ebola after an outbreak of the deadly disease in West Africa.

The Minnesota Department of Health hosted a public information meeting attended by about 150 people in Brooklyn Center Wednesday night. Minneapolis suburbs are home to thousands of people with ties to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana, the three countries most severely affected by the African outbreak.

Health officials stress that the risk of Ebola being spread in the state remains "very low." The state Health Department has sent several health alerts to health care providers on symptoms to watch for in patients who recently have traveled to West Africa.

While there is no proven cure for Ebola, officials emphasize the disease is not spread through casual contact.

In West Africa, however, the group Ebola Blockaid says hospitals are struggling with the shortage of supplies that can be used to prevent the spread of the disease. 

The group has opened two Duluth locations to donate the following items:

• Hand sanitizer

• Anti-bacterial soap

• Disinfectant spray

• Large garbage bags

• Rubber gloves

• Gowns

• Eye shields

• Masks

Those supplies can be dropped off at either Bixby's Cafe, located at 1608 Woodland Ave. in Duluth, or Peace Church, at 1111 N 11th Ave. E. 

Monetary donations are also being accepted at hearttfoundation.org.

(Copyright 2014 WDIO-TV, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

AP/CDC File

Front Page

  • One Killed, One Injured in Early Morning Ashland Co. Fire

    Fire officials say one person was killed and one was injured in a house fire in Odanah, Wisconsin, early Wednesday morning. Ashland Fire Department officials say the home was believed to be a total loss.

  • Downtown Duluth Power Restored after Brief Outage

    Power has been restored to at least parts of Duluth after outages affected downtown and Lincoln Park late this morning, leaving some major downtown office buildings in the dark and briefly interrupting programming on six local radio stations.

  • FILE - U.S. Steel has announced plans to partially idle Minntac in Mountain Iron effective June 1. US Steel to Partially Idle Minntac, Potentially Affecting 700

    Three weeks after announcing plans to temporarily idle Keewatin Taconite, U.S. Steel has announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac plant in Mountain Iron.  The company did not announce exactly how many employees will be affected, but union officials told Eyewitness News they expected about 700 workers to be impacted.

  • As Steelworkers Brace for Hundreds of Layoffs, Politicians Call for Change

    The past month has been tough for miners on the Iron Range. They got more bad news on Tuesday that U.S. Steel announced plans to temporarily idle a portion of the Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron. 

  • A federal judge has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to restore an agreement that had given the city millions of dollars in revenue from the Fond-du-Luth Casino annually. Duluth Loses Bid to Restore Casino Agreement

    A federal court has dismissed the City of Duluth's attempt to reinstate an agreement that had provided the city with millions of dollars annually from the Fond-du-Luth Casino.  In an opinion Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld a notice of violation issued in 2011, saying the National Indian Gaming Commission was within its rights to issue the violation.

 

Fire Weather Watch

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; Crow Wing; North Cass; North Itasca; North St. Louis; Northern Aitkin; Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass; South Itasca; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 4/2/2015 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement