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Catherine Templeton: Education, Preparation Key To Combatting Ebola

NO PALMETTO STATE CASES (SO FAR)  … BUT OFFICIALS ARE GETTING READY REGARDLESS By FITSNEWS  ||  At the very moment her political star has begun what we suspect will be a sustained rise, Catherine Templeton is facing what could be her biggest public policy challenge. Perhaps the biggest public policy…

NO PALMETTO STATE CASES (SO FAR)  … BUT OFFICIALS ARE GETTING READY REGARDLESS

By FITSNEWS  ||  At the very moment her political star has begun what we suspect will be a sustained rise, Catherine Templeton is facing what could be her biggest public policy challenge.

Perhaps the biggest public policy challenge in a generation …

The director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) will appear at a State Senate hearing this week to testify on the deadly Ebola virus – which has the nation in a panic after it arrived in the United States earlier this month.

Ebola is a virological taxon first discovered in 1976.  Last December, an outbreak of the virus began in West Africa which has since infected 7,500 victims (killing 3,500 of them).  Most of the deaths have occurred in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

After an incubation period ranging from two days to three weeks, Ebola victims begin experiencing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.  Eventually their kidneys and livers begin to shut down, a process accompanied by mass internal hemorrhaging.

There is no treatment and no cure for the virus – which spreads via bodily fluids.  Also, Ebola has a fifty percent mortality rate – meaning one out of every two people who contract the disease die from it.

According to Templeton, as of this writing there are “no known or suspected cases of Ebola in South Carolina.”

But that’s not stopping her agency from working overtime to get ready in case there are …

CATHERINE TEMPLETON
CATHERINE TEMPLETON

“Right now all of the hospitals in the state are identifying their points of entry,” Templeton told FITS. “Not just the emergency rooms, we’re talking front desk greeters and insurance intake specialists, too.”

Hospitals are also preparing what Templeton referred to as “bricks and mortar” isolation plans – in other words procedures for handling a possible presumptive positive case on their premises.

So … what would happen if a suspected Ebola were to arrive at a S.C. hospital?

According to Templeton, several things.  First, the victim would be placed in isolation.  Second, a blood sample would immediately be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.  Second, a “contact investigation” would immediately be launched in an effort to determine who the victim has come in contact with in recent weeks.

Family members and co-workers would likely be tested for the disease as a part of that investigation.

“We ask (the victim) where they’ve been the last few weeks,” Templeton said. “If they tell us they sing in the church choir, we would test the choir members.”

This is serious stuff, in other words …

We asked Templeton what she thought the likelihood of a positive Ebola test in South Carolina over the next six months would be – but she declined to speculate.

“Only God knows that,” she said. “Look, bad things happen. What defines us is how we deal with them. Right now we are working (hard) to make sure people – especially first responders – are educated about what to look for.  That’s the most important thing – that the people who first come in contact with a possible case are able to recognize the symptoms.”

In an effort to assist in that process, Templeton is asking lawmakers to prepare legislation beefing up the state’s health alert notification system – compelling all emergency response departments, schools and other “first contact points” to submit an email address so they can be notified of the latest developments in the event of a public health crisis.

“In an emergency situation I’ve got to be able to communicate quickly and directly with people on the ground,” Templeton said.

Obviously the stakes are high in this for all concerned … but especially for Templeton.

Democrats attacked her agency last year over alleged mishandling of a Tuberculosis case, even though it became abundantly clear the fault for that outbreak rested with the local government-run school district – not SCDHEC.

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13 comments

Jacks crazy pills October 8, 2014 at 10:18 am

How does this drooling post of flim-flam jive with the other article bashing Peeler for making something out of nothing?

Forget your crazy pills today?

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southmauldin October 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

I guess Peeler doesn’t have certain attributes that Will finds attractive in Templeton. You know, “guns” and all.

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Southmaullin October 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Well his crater face probably reminds of Haley’s

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Don't rely on gov't.... October 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

So in other words, Templeton would do the exact opposite of what happened in the TB situation?

lol…good to know!

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Sam October 8, 2014 at 10:55 am

It wasn’t just democrats who recognized Templeton’s inability to handle a crisis. The level of deception, manipulation of information, misuse of funds and chaos at DHEC outstrips the DSS crisis in both scope and impact over time. Haley and her incompetent appointees have set this state back a generation.
Now it’s beyond lying about jobs and the economy, this concerns the lives of children (DSS) and the protection of public health in a critical emergency. Do you seriously want these fools protecting your friends and family?

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Montgomery Burns October 8, 2014 at 11:36 am

We’ll see just how well the shoe-string staffed shell that’s left of this agency will respond during a catastrophic event or epidemic. “Protect” certainly is not the word for it. Spin, evade and lie is more appropriate. No matter how one tries to rewrite history (ahem, Fits), though, the fact that remains is that it was Templeton’s hand-picked public health “manager” and not the school district who hemmed and hawed and stalled the notification and response on the TB situation. No partisan spin to it. Everyone does realize this same person is still in charge over there (and received a nice fat raise after the TB screw up), right?

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WW October 8, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Catherine Templeton: Education, Preparation Key To Combatting Ebola
Yes Catheter-in you and our other leaders are preparing us for a screwing, so I guess you mean preparation H and a Catheter? You and your buddies Ohaley and Obama.

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Beartrkkr October 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Good. Let’s have a politically appointed attorney explain epidemiology and virology to a bunch of grandstanding senators. Sounds like a great plan.

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ReElect Nikki October 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

It was announced today that a person has died in the Midlands of FLU.

When are we starting the quarantine?Have they gotten to everyone the deceased has come in contact with lately?How about all the doors he opened ?The HANDLES?

When will a Legislative Committee meet on this emerging health CRISIS?

Lots of Questions NO Answers,

But THANK GOD for we have NIKKI Haley on the job!

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Todd K October 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Where in this plan is immediate mercy killing and napalming of the entire area? Templeton is such a wuss…

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hum_dinger October 9, 2014 at 10:08 am

This agency is also in charge of discharging human waste on farm fields. Go look it up – i’ll wait (hint: http://www.scdhec.gov/Environment/WaterQuality/SanitarySewers/SludgeProgram/)

“Treatment” does nothing to reduce ebola virii.

The food you eat may likely become contaminated by the same agency thats

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Don't Eat the Raw Vegetables October 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Interesting point. If you flush the private isolated hospital room toilet it still goes straight to the sewage treatment plant which does not treat for viruses.

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