The Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Division of Emergency Management (DEM) are taking steps to prepare for the possibility of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) diagnosis in the state.  On October 25, the Governor signed an executive order establishing an EVD protocol, which directs DOH to actively monitor individuals returning from countries affected by the recent Ebola outbreak.  Specifically, the protocol requires twice-daily monitoring for a period of three weeks, rather than a total quarantine, which has been mandated in a few other states.  The DOH and county health departments in all 67 counties are maintaining regular communication with hospitals and other providers throughout the state to ensure that Florida is prepared.  Additionally, DEM has activated the state’s Joint Information Center to facilitate communication between state officials and entities and allow for timely distribution of EDV-related information with the public.  For more information, please go to: http://www.floridahealth.gov/%5C/diseases-and-conditions/ebola/index.html