- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says state officials and hospitals are prepared if patients are diagnosed with Ebola, but he approves of calls to ban travel from impacted countries.

Deal told reporters Thursday that the state health officer and other agencies are working with health care providers to prepare for any cases, including a legal review of the state’s ability to set a voluntary or mandatory quarantine

State Health Officer Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald says hospitals across the state either have or will do exercises to prepare for a patient with symptoms.

Fitzgerald says any hospital in the state is capable of isolating a patient whose travel history and symptoms indicate they could have the virus. She also defended Deal, who has been criticized for saying that water kills the Ebola virus.

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