Illinois has no cases of Ebola, either confirmed or suspected. This is according to Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, the state’s public health director, who says there are rumors that are just rumors, but he understands why some people are in a panic. “It is considered to be difficult to transmit, but it’s so deadly and lethal that once you get it, your chances are not very good. We’re seeing anywhere between 50 percent and 90 percent what we call case fatality rate, your chances of dying of this disease,” he said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Chicago.
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Hasbrouck says the disease is still out of control in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and as long as that’s the case, it could spread anywhere, including the U.S. and including Illinois, so the state is making preparations to test for the disease and to keep the public informed. The federal government is planning to screen passengers arriving at O’Hare Airport from West Africa by taking their temperature, a procedure also to be put in place in New York, Newark, Washington and Atlanta.