The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution Monday requesting a briefing from all affected city departments on a plan of action and preventive measures regarding the world wide threat of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola).
The measure was sponsored by Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia Moore.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola has been declared an epidemic and the largest outbreak of the virus in history, particularly affecting West Africa.
The first case of the virus in the United States was diagnosed on September 30 in Dallas.
The Departments of Police, Fire, Corrections, Aviation, Parks and Recreation, Public Works/Solid Waste Services and Watershed Management all have specific and important roles in managing the potential threat of the virus to employees who are on the front lines.
“Preparedness is key to successfully controlling any outbreaks. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of intervening measures,” Moore said.
The legislation calls for city departments to submit a plan within 30 days to the council on a plan to protect city employees, a plan to contain threats to the general public and provide resources needed, i.e. training, protective gear, decontamination procedures and other protocols to deal with Ebola and contagious diseases.