Thursday News Rundown (10-02-2014)

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By Felicia DeInnocentis
News Reporter

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Photo by Mark Alvarez

Austin area healthcare and Austin Travis County emergency medical services are taking necessary precautions in the wake of the Dallas Ebola patient. Central Texas health officials say that the risk of Ebola spreading to the Austin area is relatively low, but hospitals are taking steps to follow advised procedures in the event of an outbreak. There is currently no cure for Ebola.

Texas State’s Clinical Laboratory Science Chair Rodney Rhode explains the complications that come with Ebola symptoms. Rhode says there are currently vaccines that are not approved by the FDA in the United States, but we do have medications that people can take that will help suppress the virus. With this, the immune system is able to recover and produce natural antibodies against Ebola.

October is Fire Prevention Month. Saturday is the San Marcos Fire Department’s Fourth Annual Open House. Firehouse 5, located at 100 Carlson Circle, will be open with interactive events and demonstrations from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The goal of the event is to encourage fire safety in the community. Free child ID kits will be available and fire truck rides.

The Texas State Athletic Department is calling upon the 1,500 members of the Bobcat Club to raise money for student athletic scholarships. The $1,040,566.72 raised so far marks the second time more than $1 million has been raised in one year. The organization hopes to raise $1.2 million by April 30, 2015.

Texas State kicked off the start of Homecoming week today by hosting a spirit festival at the LBJ Amphitheater. The soap box derby, one of the most popular homecoming events, will take place tomorrow. Competing organizations will be set up on the hill at 3 p.m. of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences building to kick off the event.

Texas State’s homecoming game against Idaho will take place Saturday. Students, alumni and faculty are encouraged to wear their Bobcat gear in support. Tailgating will start at 9 a.m. and take place throughout the day, with gates to the stadium opening at 4:30 p.m.

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