Concerns over terrorism, viruses on minds of marathon security staff

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Thousands of athletes and spectators will be in the city of Chicago this week for Sunday’s annual Chicago Marathon. And with the influx of people traveling from all over the world, it brings unique security concerns.

Chicago police officials say there are no credible threats to the marathon right now, but that doesn't mean everyone involved isn't on high alert for both someone or group who may want to disrupt the marathon and also for someone who could pass through O’Hare or Midway with a deadly virus.

At both airports, TSA, CPD and U.S. customs and border protection are looking for people who appear sick or suspicious. The good news is there are no runners coming to Chicago from the area in West Africa where Ebola  has killed thousands.

If anyone gets sick on the ground, paramedics and EMT’s from the Chicago Fire Dept are prepared as well.

In Grant Park and all along the marathon route, there will be random searches, uniformed and undercover police and K-9 teams that specialize in explosives.

Authorities are urging people to call 911 if they see something suspicious.

 

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