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NC health officials create new Ebola information website and phone number

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a new Ebola website Friday to provide more information on the deadly virus to the public and health care providers.

The website will incorporate regular updates from state leaders and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also includes fact sheets on Ebola and answers to frequently asked questions about it.

Early next week, DHHS expects to add a “dashboard” with running totals of key statistics, said Kevin Howell, a department spokesman.

Among the data on the dashboard will be the location and number of Ebola cases and deaths nationally and worldwide, as well as in North Carolina. It also will show the number of tests for Ebola performed at the state public health lab – which is now zero since no one seriously suspected of being infected has turned up here.

Other statistics on the dashboard will include the number of Ebola-related training exercises and drills at hospitals across the state (70 as of Friday) and calls received by the state’s on-call epidemiologist from local health departments and health care providers to consult on patients and symptoms or simply ask questions related to Ebola (93 as of Friday), Howell said.

The new website is at www.ncdhhs.gov/ebola/.

Information also is available via a new Ebola public information line established by the Carolinas Poison Center. The number is 800-222-1222. Callers should press 6 for questions about Ebola.

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