Connecticut hearing to focus on Ebola response

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers have scheduled a hearing to learn more about the state’s protocols for handling any future Ebola cases.

The legislature’s Public Health Committee is meeting Monday to get information from the Department Public Health, the Connecticut Hospital Association and others about policies currently in place to deal with any suspected cases.

Windham Rep. Susan Johnson, the committee’s co-chairman, says lawmakers want to determine whether there are any weaknesses in the current policies and if they need to pass new legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order in October giving the state’s public health commissioner the ability to quarantine people who may have been exposed to or infected with the potentially deadly virus.

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