Illinois' top doctor says the state is ready to test for Ebola and keep the public informed if suspected cases arise.

Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck directs the Illinois Department of Public Health. He discussed the state's readiness to deal with Ebola on the same day Dallas health officials announced that the first patient diagnosed in the United States has died.

Hasbrouck said that the state would authorize blood tests of potential patients who show symptoms and have been exposed to the illness. He said officials would tell the public and later communicate the test results. Results usually come back in 48 to 72 hours.

Hasbrouck reminded people that Ebola is spread by direct contact with blood or bodily fluids of an infected person. It isn't an airborne illness.

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