Brewer creates Ebola preparedness panel

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has created a committee of health experts to develop and implement a plan to ensure the state is prepared if an outbreak of Ebola or other infectious diseases occurs.
 
Tuesday's executive order from the Republican governor creates the Governor's Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. It names 16 physicians and public health professionals to the panel. Also on the panel are three state officials from emergency agencies and one from the university Board of Regents.
 
The panel is charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to ensure the state's public health infrastructure is prepared for an outbreak of Ebola, tuberculosis or other infectious disease. 
 
The group is required to deliver a preliminary plan to Brewer by Dec. 1.