- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina lawmakers want to make sure the state is prepared to deal with Ebola.

The State Senate Medical Affairs Committee I scheduled to meet in Columbia on Thursday to discuss if the state is ready to handle a patient who may arrive in the state suffering from the disease.

Department of Health and Environmental Control Director Catherine Templeton and South Carolina Hospital Association President Thornton Kirby are scheduled to speak at the meeting.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged medical providers to be prepared to handle cases, although the agency says an outbreak like that occurring in West Africa is unlikely in the U.S.

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