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New Orleans-area man being monitored for Ebola


The Department of Health and Hospitals is monitoring a New Orleans-area man for signs of the Ebola virus. State Health Officer, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, says the Centers for Disease Control informed them about a man who had recently traveled to one of the Ebola-infected countries. 
 
Guidry says DHH immediately followed up with the man.
 
"And he really had no exposure to any Ebola patients, but he agreed to work with us and monitor him for 21 days to make sure he doesn't come down with any symptoms."
The man is considered to be low risk for Ebola since he had no contact with any Ebola patients while abroad.  Guidry says the CDC leaves it up to state health officials and the individual whether or not the individual will remain confined to their home during the 21-day Ebola monitoring period.

"So far, we've had two individuals reported, one in the Capital Region and one in the New Orleans Region, and both have agreed to stay home for the 21 days."

He says as we learn more facts about Ebola, some of the fear associated with the virus is subsiding.  Guidry says there are no cases of Ebola in Louisiana and he feels comfortable that medical personnel are prepared if a case should develop in the state.

"But we are training and preparing for when that day comes.  Hopefully, people will not start panicking and overreacting.  Because there is a high risk time, and that's usually at the end of the disease, not the beginning."

 
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102,000 expected in Tiger Stadium Saturday night for Ole Miss game


Michelle Southern reporting.
Saturday will be the biggest day of the season on the LSU campus as 3rd ranked, undefeated Ole Miss comes to town. It's also Homecoming and university officials are urging fans to arrive early and attend ESPN's College Gameday. 

Parking Director Adam Smith says it'll help everyone if you plan to come to campus earlier than you normally would.
 
"If you want to up it by a couple hours, it'll be more convenient for you," said Smith. "Even if you're a season permit parking holder, there's going to be a lot more traffic on campus than normal."

Kickoff for the LSU-Ole Miss game is scheduled for 6:15pm and the game will be televised on ESPN. Activities will start early as the GameDay crew will be live from the parade grounds starting at 8am. Smith says, some fans are finding this inconvenient, but the post-game plan will be the same with a southbound contraflow planned on Nicholson.

"We're going to still force traffic in a certain area because it's better for the mass group that we're dealing with for the most efficient traffic flow," said Smith.

Smith says you can get live traffic and parking updates online at lsusports.net/parking. The game is sold out as a record crowd of over 102,000 fans are expected for the contest between the SEC West Division rivals. Smith says that's a lot of people to be in one place so he requests the purple and gold nation to be patient.

"We do hope that everything works out well and we're confident in our plan," said Smith. "But we do realize there will be folks being sent out of their way."


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