Assemblyman Pan Asks Public Health Department for Assessment on Ebola Preparedness

  ·  Joe Michaels, KFBK News   ·   Link to Article

While he waits to hear back from the public health department regarding Ebola preparations, a Sacramento assemblyman is reminding parents to monitor their children for signs of enterovirus.

Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan will be following up with public health officials this week on his recent request for information on California's preparation for a potential Ebola case.

"What I'm hoping to hear, is that they done an assessment of our readiness, including contact tracing, resources, lab resources, our capacity to handle this," Pan said. 

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Assembly's Health Committee is urging parents to keep a close eye on their kids for the more widespread enterovirus.

"Particularly if your child has a respiratory illness such as asthma, they're at particular risk, so they should perhaps seek medical attention a little earlier," 

Dr. Pan says, while you might otherwise try to wait out what could just be a common cold, for now, it's best to get your child to a doctor if he or she is having shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.