High Point Market medically prepared for international travelers

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – Starting this weekend, as many as 75,000 visitors from around the world are coming to High Point for the annual furniture market.

"We're really proud of that," High Point Market Authority President and CEO Tom Conley said of the diversity. "We get between 102 and 105 countries represented."

Tom Conley said 36 people are pre-registered to visit from African countries for this year's fall market. Those include Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

According to the Centers for Diesease Control, Ebola transmission is widespread in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Countries with localized transmission include Nigeria, Spain and the United States.

"None of [market's visitors] are from the real hot bed areas where the Ebola is," he pointed out. "We're confident even with all the missteps that the CDC apparently made. Between the Department of Immigration and the work being done at airports and with the various healthcare facilities around the country, if somebody shows any symptoms, we're ready to act."

For the 10th year, High Point Regional Hospital is providing its Hope Bus as a mobile clinic at High Point Market. Cornerstone Health provides the staffing for the bus.

"Because of the Ebola situation, we want to make sure we've got highest trained professionals in there," Conley added.

They are still looking for nurses, physicians and medics to finish filling the staffing schedule for the bus.

A spokesperson from Cornerstone Health tells FOX8 Dr. Jim Anderson has always been a leader and organizer for staffing on the bus clinic at Market. He is involved this year, too.

Lastly, Conley added, "People have every right to be concerned. But they shouldn't be overly concerned. I mean, frankly, it's more dangerous to get in your car and drive across town that it is to worry about getting Ebola from anybody coming to Market."

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