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Milwaukee receives $111,000 grant for Ebola preparedness

The City of Milwaukee Health Department received about $111,000 in a grant from the CDC. The grant is supposed to help the city prepare for Ebola, and other communicable Diseases. The city will use it to prepare first responders, coordinate with local hospitals and clinics, and help its traveler monitoring.

\"This funding, even though it's going to the Milwaukee Health Department early on, will be used in a leadership model to provide a more regional comprehensive approach to Ebola and other emerging infectious diseases,\" Paul Biedrzycki from the Milwaukee Health Department said. \"Suspect cases of disease seldom sit in one place.\"

Biedrzycki said preparation is always on-going for diseases like Ebola.

\"This money is very very important in preparing state and local health departments for planning and response to events that involve emerging infectious diseases in their community.\"

He says coordination at the local and regional level is imperative.

\"Now we have very good coordination, not only with the [Milwaukee] fire department, but EMS in general in this community, including private ambulance in this community. On notification, donning of personal protective equipment and other infection control, the initiation of isolation and quarantine and the triage and transport to designated in our community.\"

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