Press Release
October 6, 2014
Press Release
Melaney Arnold – 217-558-0500
Shelia Porter – 312-814-3524

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Issues Statement on Ebola

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck would like to reassure Illinoisans during this Ebola outbreak.

“We understand there is anxiety surrounding Ebola, but we want to assure the public the Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with hospitals, local health departments and the CDC to monitor for any potential cases of Ebola in Illinois.

“People will continue to travel in and out of Illinois and we expect to see rumors and concerns, but without testing, these are just rumors. There have been no reports or questions in Illinois that have led to Ebola testing for suspected cases.

“Illness after travel is not uncommon, and we will take swift and appropriate action for anyone who meets the criteria for testing.

“We have a strong public health system in Illinois that is taking all necessary precautions and we will provide information to the public about any potential Illinois Ebola cases.”

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IDPH continues to implement its Five Year Strategy 2014-2018 to maximize IDPH’s effectiveness, influence and value for promoting wellness, health equity, safety and improved health outcomes. Strategic plan priorities include developing and expanding partnerships; improving data utilization; reducing health disparities; improving regulatory compliance; and branding, marketing and communicating IDPH’s value.

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