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SPRINGFIELD — State health officials have activated a special hotline for people with questions about the Ebola virus.

The 24-hour call center, managed by the Illinois Poison Center, is being staffed by operators able to provide information about Ebola and the state’s ongoing response, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement.

The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

Officials say residents can call any time with questions such as how Ebola is spread, who is at risk of being infected, when someone should go to a doctor, what hospitals and local health departments are doing to identify and control possible Ebola infections and other frequently asked questions.

The announcement comes a day before Public Health chief LaMar Hasbrouck, health care professionals and emergency response personnel hold a media briefing to provide information on Ebola preparedness efforts in Illinois.

Friday’s 2:30 p.m. briefing can be viewed online at http://multimedia.illinois.gov/dph/dph-live.html.

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