KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The 86th Medical Group is hosting several town hall meetings at Ramstein to present information about the Ebola virus and discuss safety precautions to mitigate risks, base officials said.
The first town hall is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hercules Theater, Building 2101. Two more meetings are set for Monday, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., also at the Hercules.
All personnel, family members and civilians are invited to attend.
Air Force officials have already released some information on how they are handling personnel transiting between Ebola-afflicted regions and Ramstein. Aircrews from Ramstein have been airlifting supplies to West Africa as part of Operation United Assistance, the U.S.-led effort to fight the Ebola outbreak. Since Oct. 7, the wing has supported eight C-130J flights into West Africa, a base spokeswoman said Thursday.
In an article posted to the base’s website Wednesday, officials said they are ensuring that all people traveling from Ebola-infected areas are screened before departing and again when arriving back at Ramstein.
“We track countries visited and potential contact with indigenous people, animals, or exotic foods,” Capt. Michael D’Amore, 37th Airlift Squadron and 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight surgeon, said in the article.
Other measures include tracking Ramstein airmen’s temperatures for 21 days upon their return.
Personnel transiting through Ramstein will have their temperatures taken at plane-side, with further monitoring to continue at their final destinations, officials said.
Although airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing traveling into infected areas have minimal time on the ground, aircrews are being educated and prepared on necessary protocol and procedures “in the unlikely event an infected patient manifests symptoms on a U.S. Air Force aircraft,” the article on Ramstein’s website said.