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Child in Chicago being monitored for Ebola symptoms

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(NBC Chicago) Medical personnel at the University of Chicago Medical Center on Friday morning said they were monitoring a child to rule out an Ebola diagnosis.

The child had a fever during screening at the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport, officials said, but was not displaying any other symptoms of the virus. The extra monitoring on Friday was being done to rule out the disease.
A statement from the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences said the child was "stable" as of 6:15 a.m.

"There is no threat to the public, our staff and our patients. Clinics and operating rooms at the medical center remain on their normal schedules," the statement said, adding that an updated statement would be issued at 5 p.m. Friday.

There have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Chicago.

The World Health Organization last month said the recent outbreak has killed nearly 7,000 people in Western Africa. More than 16,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola since the outbreak was confirmed in Guinea in March.

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