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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.

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