IDPH suspends Ebola telephone hotline

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health officials say the state's Ebola telephone hotline has been suspended due to the sharp drop in the number of calls it receives.

The hotline was started by state officials in October, as public interest grew following the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.  The hotline, which was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, received hundreds of calls during the first seven days it was open.

On Tuesday, IDPH spokesperson Melaney Arnold said that if anyone has questions about Ebola, they can call the state health department's communicable disease staff or local health department.

No Ebola cases have been reported in Illinois.
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