By Associated Press - Sunday, October 12, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A legislative panel wants to find out if Massachusetts is ready to deal with Ebola.

The public health committee has scheduled an oversight hearing for Thursday to review response plans by the state should any cases be reported in Massachusetts.

State Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez of Boston and Sen. John Keenan of Quincy co-chair the committee. They’ve invited several experts to testify at the hearing, including Dr. Michael VanRooyen of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, and UMass Memorial Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon.

Gov. Deval Patrick said last week there have been no cases of Ebola in Massachusetts and the likelihood of the disease reaching the state was low. But he added the state’s health care system was gearing up, just in case.

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