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California Health Department Rolls Out Ebola Outbreak Public Information Hotline

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) -- State health officials have set up a Ebola hotline call center for public inquiries on the virus and outbreak.

In a press release, the California Department of Public Health Director (CDPH) Dr. Ron Chapman said the hotline was set up and staffed to answer questions from those concerned about the possibility of Ebola in California. "Our goal is to be available to eliminate the mystery of this disease and offer the facts to Californians as the situation evolves," said Chapman. "This is one in a series of steps we have taken in the last few months."

The hotline, 855-421-5921 will be in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The health department said there were currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in California and no suspect cases.

In August, the CDPH launched an Ebola informational website with general information about the outbreak and the preparations among California health care providers.

Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown met with healthcare workers in Sacramento on what the state is doing to prepare for any Ebola outbreak amid claims by nurses that hospitals are unprepared for treating Ebola patients.


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