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Texas Task Force Offers Plans To Stop Ebola Spread

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry's infectious disease task force is discussing ways to diagnose and isolate patients with Ebola more quickly.

The 17-member group holds its first public hearing in Austin on Thursday, barely two weeks after its formation. Ebola killed a Liberian man visiting Dallas and infected two nurses treating him.

The task force already designated two hospitals as specialized Ebola treatment centers and called for a contingency plan for "the unlikely event of a widespread outbreak of Ebola" in Texas.

Other recommendations include creating a "second layer" of regional hospitals to care for Ebola patients if both specialized facilities are full and ensuring Texas doctors can treat children with the virus.

It also wants to empower the state health commissioner to restrict travel and movement of Texans exposed to Ebola.

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