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CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health has activated a hotline to answer the public’s questions about Ebola.

Department Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced the hotline Thursday. It will be managed by staff from the Illinois Poison Center who will be able to answer questions about the virus and the state’s response.

The hotline will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Operators will answer questions about how Ebola is spread, who’s at risk, when someone should go to a doctor and other topics.

The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluid. The transmission methods include getting an infected person’s blood or vomit into the eyes or through a cut in the skin. Experts say it’s not spread through the air.

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