Illinois is still Ebola-free, and residents don’t seem to be all that concerned about the virus anymore. One of the first actions the state took to prepare for a possible Ebola patient in Illinois was to set up a hotline to answer questions from residents about the virus. At the beginning, the hotline was fielding 200 calls a day. Less than a month later, that number has gone way down.

“Now we’re getting less than five calls a day,” said Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. “So, that kind of gives you some sense of what the community level of concern might be.”


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Hasbrouck says there has been only one person who was even worthy of testing for the virus, but up to a dozen people in Illinois are being monitored for symptoms by local health departments.

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says those are low-risk cases, and the state is just being cautious. “It bears saying that there have been no cases yet of Ebola in Illinois,” Harris said.

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