A diagnosis of Ebola in Dallas, Texas is sparking concern across the nation, but health officials say the odds are still very slim for anyone in Illinois getting the disease.
State public health director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck says Ebola is not spread like the common cold and is not transmitted through the air. Hasbrouck says you have to have direct and intimate contact with a sick person’s bodily fluids in order to be infected.
“You’re not going to get it through any casual contact- riding on a bus, riding on a plane, working in a small room with someone,” Hasbrouck says. “So, coughing, sneezing, breathing, shaking hands, hugging- this is not that type of infection
Hasbrouck adds that the state is taking the disease seriously, and that there’s protocol in place to quarantine anyone who is experiencing symptoms and who has been in contact with someone who has the virus.