BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is reassuring Massachusetts residents after the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. was being treated in Texas.

Patrick said Wednesday there is a “very, very low risk” of the disease in Massachusetts. The Texas patient was visiting from Liberia. Ebola has ravaged West Africa.

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The state Public Health Department issued an advisory Wednesday saying Massachusetts is well prepared to handle an incidence of Ebola in the unlikely event that a case occurs here.

The advisory says the public can be confident that local hospitals have the expertise, preparedness and capacity to handle a case of Ebola, calling the infectious disease controls in Massachusetts and the United States “world class.”

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The DPH says it’s also provided clinical guidance to hospitals and health care providers on identifying suspected cases of Ebola.

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