Texas senators offer disease response bills after Ebola case

By WILL WEISSERT
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Members of a top Texas Senate health panel are unveiling proposals to bolster the state's infectious disease response in the wake of the first U.S. case of Ebola diagnosed in Dallas last summer.

Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner of Georgetown chairs the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is to detail the proposal at a Wednesday news conference.

The legislation grew from recommendations by a special Texas infectious disease task force created after Liberian visitor Thomas Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola.

Duncan was treated at a Dallas hospital but died Oct. 8.

In a final report in December, the task force recommended creating a bio-containment unit to specialize in the care of children and identifying quarantine facilities for animals. It also rebuked federal officials over information provided on experimental drugs.

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