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Mayor Rahm Emanuel today convened cabinet members, public health officials and hospital leaders to discuss the city’s preparedness for the Ebola virus. Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) Commissioner Dr. Bechara Choucair conducted a precautionary briefing at the Mayor’s request to discuss the public and private sector coordination strategies and existing preparedness efforts.
“This meeting solidifies our city’s readiness during a time of heightened awareness of Ebola. The City of Chicago has long-established and successful procedures in place when preparing and executing emergency health services,” said Mayor Emanuel. “While the risk to Chicago residents remains low, out of an abundance of caution, CDPH has set in place coordinated efforts with all of the city’s public safety and transportation departments to handle any potential threats this virus may present to our residents.”
Over the past two weeks, once the first Ebola case was detected in United States, the City of Chicago began coordinating preparedness efforts with health leaders and city public safety departments to ensure first responders were fully aware of the on ground efforts and ready to work in coordination in anticipation of any potential health risk entering the city. CDPH has established precautionary protocols as well as screening and testing procedures under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure the health and safety of Chicago residents and travelers.
"While our health department and private hospitals are well- prepared and equipped for the spread of any infectious disease that may pose a threat to our city, it is important to remember how unlikely the risk of Ebola is to Chicago’s residents,” said Commissioner Choucair. “We will continue to proceed with the upmost precaution in all potential cases that may enter our city.”
Proactive efforts with CDPH, city departments and health centers currently underway include:
Photo Caption: Mayor Emanuel meets with public health officials, cabinet members and hospital leaders on Ebola preparedness.
Photo Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago