Texas Governor Rick Perry today announced he's mobilizing a special task force to respond to Ebola and other infectious diseases. Dr. Brett Giroir of Texas A&M Health Science Center will oversee the 17 person task force which includes state officials from environmental, health, and public safety agencies.
Gov. Perry also called for the federal government to step up its screening of travelers coming from West Africa. He suggested using temperature monitors at airports and creating quarantine centers at ports of entry in the U.S.
Reporter Eric Aasen of KERA tells Here & Now's Robin Young how health officials are preparing to prevent the spread of the disease in the state and how the Liberian community in Texas is responding to the disease.
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This segment aired on October 6, 2014.