Plaquemines Parish leaders discuss Ebola & Mississippi River threat

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PLAQUEMINES PARISH (WGNO) – The main concern in Plaquemines is the Mississippi River. The river sees lots of traffic and the goal of the meeting is to get a better understanding of what can be done to keep potentially infected crew members from infecting others.

Several key players attended meeting. The Plaquemines Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness says over the past several weeks there have been at least three scares dealing with ships coming up the Mississippi River. 

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says the scares have opened his eyes to just how vulnerable the parish is. He says as for now it is the responsibility of someone on board to make sure any illnesses are reported before a river boat pilot boards the ship, yet Nungesser does not feel comfortable with that policy.

“We need to make sure whoever is looking over…

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