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The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) issued, new stronger quarantine protocols Thursday in an effort to help local health departments responding to suspected or confirmed Ebola cases in Ohio.

Currently there are no reported cases of Ebola in Ohio.

Health Officials say the second Texas health care worker with Ebola visited family in Akron last week.

In a conference call with reporters, the Ohio Health Department's Dr. Mary DiOrio  said the department is working to identify whom she may have come in contact with between October 8 and October 13 and whether those people need to be quarantined.

Local health departments are keeping an eye out in case the measles spreads into the Cincinnati area.  So far, the closest case is Highland County involving an infant whose family traveled to north-central Ohio, where several counties are experiencing an outbreak of the virus.  

The Hamilton County Health Department's Director of Nursing and Disease Prevention, Pat Allingham, says the Centers For Disease Control website is tracking cases across the nation:

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Health officials continue to keep a close watch on the meningitis outbreak linked to recalled steroid injections. 

The Ohio Department of Health recently published a Food and Drug Administration list of 64 facilities in the state that received products of any kind from the New England Compounding Center.  But ODH spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says this is a precaution since, so far, only 3 lots of one particular steroid from NECC have been linked to the fungal meningitis.

The Ohio Department of Health reports a Hamilton County man has died from West Nile Virus.

The 76 year old man had been hospitalized with encephalitis and is the first person in Ohio to die from West Nile Virus this year. It's unclear if he was one of two cases Hamilton County Public Health reported last week from the western side of town.

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