- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Four Chicago hospitals have agreed to take on the responsibility of caring for Ebola patients if the deadly virus emerges in the city.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and the city’s health department announced the four hospitals Monday, calling an Ebola diagnosis in the city “unlikely.”

Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medical Center would take adult and pediatric patients, Northwestern Memorial Hospital adult patients only and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital pediatric patients.

The mayor’s office says infectious disease specialists from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are visiting the hospitals this week to determine their capabilities and their needs.

Emanuel says in a statement he’s grateful to the hospitals “for stepping up for our city and our nation.”



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