Ebola Planning Underway

Decatur – There have not been any cases of Ebola in Illinois.  But state and local leaders are preparing just in case.

Illinois' public health chief says Governor 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.

In Decatur the Macon County Health Department, law enforcement, coroner and other agencies held their first meeting this week.  The purpose is to be ready in the event any cases are reported.

“If something happens we want to make sure that we have a plan for dealing with that rather than having to scurry at the time it happens,” Health Department spokesman Brandi Binkley told WAND News.

The agencies are expected to meet again within the next week.

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