Dozen in Illinois being monitored, but not quarantined, for Ebola

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Robert McCoppin
Chicago Tribune
Nov. 11. 2014

Twelve people in Illinois are being monitored for potential Ebola exposure, officials said Monday as they called for additional steps to prepare for any possible outbreak — which included a proposal for a fund for health care workers exposed to the virus.

The people who are being monitored have not been quarantined and are considered at low risk or some risk of exposure to the deadly virus, the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, told state lawmakers at a legislative committee hearing Monday in Chicago, according to a department spokeswoman.

The 12 people were advised to monitor and report daily to health officials their temperature readings and the emergence of any symptoms.

No cases of Ebola have been reported in Illinois, and the chances of it occurring here are low, health officials said. But they warned that more measures should be taken to provide for testing and care of any patients.

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