Ebola fears infect Louisiana medical conference
NEW ORLEANS - Ebola fears have infected a medical conference on the subject. Louisiana state officials told thousands of doctors planning to attend a tropical diseases meeting this weekend in New Orleans to stay away if they have been to certain African countries or have had contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days.
The order came in a letter Wednesday to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The group's leaders say they do not agree with the state's stance or the notion that its members pose any risk to the public.
Several doctors, including some from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, now may not be able to attend or present studies at the meeting, which runs Sunday through Wednesday.