Perry creating infectious disease task force

FILE- In the Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at a news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, in Dallas. The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States is a potential health crisis that gives Gov. Rick Perry another real-time leadership test. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says he's creating a state task force to ensure Texas appropriately responds to infectious diseases like the Ebola virus.

Perry on Monday announced the creation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. It will be overseen by Dr. Brett Giroir (ja-WAH'), who's the CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Perry also called on federal officials to implement screening procedures at all U.S. points of entry. Screeners would take the temperature of travelers and conduct other assessments to determine their overall health.

He says the task force will develop rapid-response plans when an outbreak is confirmed in the state.


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