• 24th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today ordered the Illinois Department of Public Health to require a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who have had direct contact with an individual infected with the Ebola virus while in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea.

    The mandatory quarantine order includes any high-risk medical personnel who have performed medical services to individuals infected with the Ebola virus. The order will be implemented by local health departments across the state. Previously these high-risk individuals were subject to a voluntary quarantine.

    “This protective measure is too important to be voluntary,” Governor Quinn said. “We must take every step necessary to ensure the people of Illinois are protected from potential exposure to the Ebola virus. While we have no confirmed cases of the Ebola virus in Illinois, we will continue to...

  • 23rd Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network: the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, regarding Ebola testing in Illinois.

    IDPH preliminary test results for the patient at the University of Chicago Medical Center were negative for Ebola, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed these results. The patient has been discharged from the University of Chicago Medical Center.

    The patient tested was a child who vomited one time while on a flight originating from Liberia and traveling to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The child was immediately taken to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for a full medical evaluation. After consulting with the University of Chicago Medical Center and...

  • 22nd Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a task force that will help ensure the public health system across Illinois is prepared for the Ebola virus. The task force was established through Executive Order with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and includes members representing health care, local public health, emergency responders, the Illinois State Board of Health, state agencies and others to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola. Today’s announcement is part of
    Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the health of the people of Illinois.

    “We have learned that the best way to address the Ebola virus is to educate ourselves and know the facts,” Governor Quinn said. “I have directed IDPH to assemble a task force of experts that can lead a coordinated effort to ensure everyone in Illinois receives timely and accurate information regarding...

  • 22nd Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Below is a joint update from the following members of the Chicago Ebola Resource Network: the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center regarding the two patients admitted yesterday for comprehensive medical evaluation.

    • The child patient under evaluation at the University of Chicago Medical Center has shown clinical improvements since arriving last night. The patient maintains a normal temperature and shows no symptoms of Ebola virus disease other than the one reported case of vomiting and dehydration. Though improvements have been seen, as a result of the dehydration and out of an abundance of caution, the patient's doctors in consultation with CDPH, IDPH and the CDC have decided to test the patient for Ebola virus disease. IDPH was recently...
  • 17th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, held a media briefing today to update the public about Ebola preparedness efforts in Illinois.

    “Governor Quinn has directed the Illinois Department of Public Health to take every step necessary to ensure that Illinois’ hospitals, health care workers and residents are safe and prepared in the event of a confirmed Ebola case,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “Information and education are the best ways to protect yourself, which is why we’ve activated the Ebola hotline and website.

    “At the Governor’s direction, we are also assembling an Ebola task force made up of medical, health care, emergency response and state officials to further strengthen our ability to respond to Ebola.”

    Illinois residents...

  • 16th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced the activation of an Ebola hotline to answer residents’ questions about Ebola 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

    Managed by staff from the Illinois Poison Center, hotline operators are able to provide timely information on Ebola and the state’s response. Residents can call any time with questions such as how Ebola is spread, who is at risk of being infected, when should someone go to a doctor, what hospitals and local health departments are doing to identify and control possible Ebola infections and other frequently asked questions.

    Dr. Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, will hold a media briefing on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. to provide the latest...

  • 15th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.

    “Although, to date, there have been no persons in Illinois under investigation for suspected Ebola that has warranted testing, we understand there is concern and people have many questions. IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help provide answers to questions the public may have, including who may be infected with Ebola, how is it spread and what can I do to avoid it.

    “After this morning's announcement of a second health care worker at a Texas hospital who provided care for the first U.S. Ebola victim preliminarily tested positive for Ebola, I would like to reassure Illinoisans that IDPH continues to work closely with hospitals and local health departments to...

  • 8th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), today briefed the media and public about the state’s preparedness efforts should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois.

    "I want to reassure the people of Illinois that the state is reviewing and confirming protocols and plans already in place to ensure our public health systems is able to quickly identify a potential case, evaluate the person and isolate them if needed, implement infection control practices, conduct contact tracing of people potentially exposed to a suspected case, submit specimens for laboratory testing and provide care for the patient," said Dr. Hasbrouck. "If there is a suspected or confirmed case of
    Ebola in Illinois, we will immediately inform the public and...

  • 6th Oct, 2014

    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 that 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 do 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...

  • 30th Sep, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States in a patient in a Texas hospital.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has this statement:

    “While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus.  At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola.  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...

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