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Illinois Health Department prepares for possibility Ebola may strike region

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – With Ebola now in the United States, Illinois health officials are being proactive and preparing for the chance the virus may make it to the region.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, the director for The Department of Public Health in Illinois, outlined what the state is doing to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. Hasbrouck says the department is working with the Centers for Disease Control, local health departments and hospitals to establish guidelines for patient evaluation and the handling of lab specimens.

“While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus,” Hasbrouck said in press release. “At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois.”

According to the CDC, Ebola symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding, and can appear as long as 21 days after exposure to the virus.

Ebola isn’t contagious until symptoms begin, and it takes close contact with bodily fluids to spread.

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