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Illinois To Create Ebola Task Force


Illinois' public health chief says Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered the creation of a statewide task force meant to strengthen the state's response to any arrival of the Ebola virus.  

The Illinois Department of Public Health made that announcement Friday, along with disclosing the state is among only a few designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to perform Ebola testing.  

The department's director, LaMar Hasbrouck, says Illinois has the lab supplies and would be able to begin testing as soon as next week. There's still no suspected case of Ebola in Illinois.  

Friday's briefing came a day after enhanced screening for Ebola began at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone now are completing questionnaires and getting their temperatures taken by trained personnel