SPRINGFIELD – Illinois public health officials say the Ebola virus, recently confirmed in a patient at a Texas hospital, poses minimal risks to Illinois residents.
In a press release, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck said while Ebola is a serious virus, it is not easily transmittable.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola,” Hasbrouck said. “IDPH has issued guidance to health care facilities and medical professionals on evaluating patients and lab specimen submission. Conducting surveillance for diseases, identifying potential cases, implementing infection control measures and stopping the spread of illness are core public health functions and we stand ready to protect the people of Illinois.”
For Ebola information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.