Texas Gov. Rick Perry has placed an important phone call to his colleague in New York and offered a critical piece of advice.
Don’t make the mistakes we made in Texas when handling an Ebola case, Perry reportedly told Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Good advice, governor.
The Texas Ebola case ended tragically for the Liberian man who brought the disease to the state. He died under the care of medical professionals in Dallas. A nurse who cared for him has just been released from medical care after she came down with the virus. Now New York doctor who was in West Africa treating Ebola patients has been diagnosed with the disease and he apparently is responding to treatment.
Perry called Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to offer his assistance on how to handle the disease. Gov. Perry’s prime advice? Follow all the necessary medical protocols to the letter. A breach in protocol in Dallas apparently led to the nurse getting infected, according to the governor’s office.
The good news is that the nurse, Nina Pham, is now Ebola free.
There was some more advice Perry gave to Cuomo and de Blasio, according to the San Antonio Express-News:
“Perry shared some more lessons in separate Friday phone conversations with the officials, including regarding ‘the importance of informing the public about the realities of the Ebola virus in order to reduce misconceptions about its transmissions,’ his office said.”
Ah, yes. Public information.
A lack of accurate information has helped lead to the near-hysterical response in some quarters to the arrival of this disease.
A thorough dissemination of facts always should be of prime concern.
It’s good to remember that Ebola likely wasn’t on medical professionals’ radar when the patient arrived from Liberia. It’s on everyone’s mind now.
Gov. Perry has some valuable experience to share and it’s good that he’s sharing it.