MERS Precautions in Central Illinois

Published 05/14 2014 06:14PM

Updated 05/14 2014 06:18PM

There are now two confirmed cases of the deadly middle eastern respiratory syndrome in the United States.

Neither was found in big city hospitals like OSF Saint Francis or Unity-Point Methodist.

Still this only emphasizes the need for all healthcare personnel and hospitals to be ready to respond to any new crisis.

The Peoria County Health Department says area hospitals and clinics should continue operating like usual.

Things like washing your hands thoroughly and frequently will dramatically cut down on the chance for spreading any disease or virus.

“One of the things is to make sure there is always a great public education outcry as well as understanding what preventative measures can be done. There is no vaccine for this but really good everyday hygiene practices help. Washing your hands, avoid touching your face, sanitizing surfaces,” said Monica Hendrickson, an epidemiologist.

Epidemiologists say when hospitals and clinics use certain protocols and standards like these – exposure is minimal.

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