New York Giants getting briefed on Ebola before trip to Dallas

Published October 15, 2014
New York Post

Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Giants are heading to Dallas this weekend and have taken steps to ensure their traveling party is briefed on the deadly Ebola virus that has been contracted by two female health care workers in the Dallas hospital where one man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the virus on Oct. 8.

The Giants face the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

“On the Ebola issue, no, nothing out of the ordinary other than providing background and info on the disease,’’ Pat Hanlon, the Giants’ senior vice president of communications, told The Post Wednesday in an e-mail.

“Our athletic trainers and team physicians have been briefed on the scope of the Ebola virus disease. We have distributed a fact sheet to our employees and distributed similar information to our players electronically this morning.’’

The NFL is working closely with Duke University’s Infectious Disease Department, and Hanlon said the Giants will rely on state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “regarding new information pertinent to this outbreak.’’

On Wednesday, Texas health officials confirmed a second female health care worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital has tested positive for the virus. The state is preparing for the possibility of additional Ebola cases.

“It may get worse before it gets better,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Wednesday.