- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A committee of health experts created by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has delivered its initial report on a plan to ensure the state is prepared if an outbreak of Ebola or other infectious diseases occurs.

The report delivered Monday from the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response says staff at all 15 county health departments have been trained. Standard rules for monitoring people returning from Ebola-affected nations have also been developed.

The report says all Arizona hospitals and outpatient treatment centers have rules for handling infections in place and primary treatment hospitals in Phoenix and Tucson have been identified.

The panel named by Brewer in October also is working to visit 1,400 outpatient health care facilities and is distributing educational kits to more than 11,000 providers.

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