Public health officials are emphasizing that there’s little risk of Ebola coming to Illinois, but they’re preparing just in case. The Illinois Department of Public Health has now set up a website and a hotline on Ebola, focusing on the symptoms and the way the virus is transmitted. IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says these are important tools to stop the spread of misinformation.
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“These opportunities (are) really a chance to amplify and clarify any mythology out there and debunk any myths so that everybody knows we’re not talking about the general international traveler or the African traveler,” Hasbrouck said. “We’re talking about people who are in harm’s way who have real exposure and perhaps real symptoms, and we put those two things together.”
Hasbrock says the department is putting together a task force to prepare for any potential Ebola case. So far, there have been only been three people in Texas who have been confirmed to have the virus. No one in Illinois has even shown symptoms that would warrant testing for Ebola.