SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Illinois leaders support regional Ebola treatment center in Chicago

Illinois leaders support regional Ebola treatment center in Chicago Medical Network | Courtesy of waterandhealth.org

The Illinois Congressional Delegation has encouraged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to name a network of quality, professional practitioners, volunteer health care leaders, and first responders at the Chicago Ebola Response Network (CERN) as the regional treatment center for Ebola.

If this center is designated specifically for Ebola, it will be able to support the national response against Ebola with important resources. In addition, the center will gain access to resources that are needed for bio-contamination and for emergency preparedness. CERN would also receive ongoing maintenance of important diagnosis, treatment, screening, and prevention approaches to Ebola.

“Throughout the Ebola virus outbreak, CERN demonstrated its unique capacity to meet the demands of an [Ebola Virus Disease] treatment facility, and it has pledged to treat any future patients, including foreign and domestic travelers,” the delegation wrote. “Ebola was not the first virus to come through Chicago, and it will not be the last. Given its centrality and unique population base, it is imperative that Chicago maintain capabilities to screen, diagnose, treat and prevent these conditions and participate in real-time with other centers in the national network. Our providers believe that this designation will enable them to do just that.”

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