Two top state officials reportedly have urged scientists and researchers who have recently aided efforts to battle the Ebola virus in West Africa to stay away from a conference in New Orleans next week.
Bloomberg News reports that the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, Kathy Kliebert and the state's Homeland Security Director Kevin Davis have sent a letter to members of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene who are scheduled to meet in the city.
According to Bloomberg, the letter disinvites any registrants who’ve cared for people with Ebola in the last three weeks.
“In Louisiana we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” the state officials said.
The decision was made to “address concerns regarding the possible importation of Ebola virus,” the state officials said in the letter.
3,600 people are expected to attend the conference.
Louisiana has a policy that prohibits people who have traveled to West Africa or cared for people with virus in the past 21 days from using public transportation or joining large groups.