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Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Ebola Victim with Ohio Ties

October 17, 2014
Press Release

Congressman Tim Ryan issued the following response after the announcement that a nurse with ties to Akron, Ohio has tested positive for the Ebola virus:

“First, I want to thank all of our health officials in Northeast Ohio and across the country for their dedication and willingness to treat this disease. I would like to offer my support to the family of Amber Joy Vinson, and trust that she will receive the best care available. I am sure this is a difficult time for them and it is my hope for her to be healthy again as soon as possible.

“I have been updated about the situation from the CDC and have been in close contact with with local officials and hospitals regarding preparedness and procedures in place to deal with our current situation. I have been assured that there is no reason to panic. At this time, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are continuing to investigate, but we must review the policies and procedures that allowed this situation to occur."

"At this delicate time, we must trust our public health professionals. I call on the CDC to make resources available to ensure the Northeast Ohioans and Americans across the nation are safe and healthy."

If you or someone you know was on Flight 1143 on Monday, October 13th from Cleveland to Dallas, please contact the CDC at 800-232-4636.

CDC information on Ebola can be found here.