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County, Hospital, Local Agencies Coordinate Efforts in Preparation for Ebola

ROCHELLE, IL---Oregon and Rochelle officials representing the Ogle County Health Department, Rochelle Community Hospital, Rochelle Fire Department and Rochelle Police Department have been meeting to coordinate efforts in preparation for treating potential cases of Ebola should it be diagnosed in Ogle County.

     “We’re following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines with regards to personal protective equipment and necessary actions regarding diagnosis of Ebola,” said Jeri Anders, Manager of Emergency Services at Rochelle Community Hospital.

     Signs of Ebola include:  fever, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal (stomach) pain, unexplained hemorrhage (bleeding or bruising).  Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2 to 21 days after exposure to Ebola, but the average is 8-10 days.

     At this time, there have been no Ebola cases identified in the State of Illinois.  However, if you have recently traveled to West Africa and are experiencing Ebola-like symptoms, please call the Emergency Room at Rochelle Community Hospital at 815-562-2181, ext. 1190 for further instructions. If you do not have symptoms, you are not contagious.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the CDC make the determination for testing.

     “Our response is the same as it would be for any threat to the health of residents in Ogle County. We are preparing ourselves so we are ready to treat Ebola if necessary,” stated Joanie Padilla, Director of Health Education and Emergency Preparedness at Ogle County Health Department.  General questions can be directed to Joanie at 815-732-7330, ext. 279.


Facts about Ebola in the United States:

  • You CAN’T get Ebola through AIR
  • You CAN’T get Ebola through WATER
  • You CAN’T get Ebola through FOOD grown or legally purchased in the U.S.


You can only get Ebola from:

  • Touching the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola.
  • Touching objects contaminated with the virus such as needles.
  • Touching infected fruit bats or primates (apes and monkeys).


Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control can be found at

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