Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Coordinating the Countywide Response to a Biological Attack

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism using biologic agents that are harmful to humans. This form of terrorism involves the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may prefer to use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response division of the Will County Health Department plays the leading role in coordinating the countywide response to a real or potential biological attack. To this end, our organization works with local first responders, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to establish protocols for investigation of and response to any suspicious communicable disease outbreak or potential biological attack. In the event of an actual biological attack, the Health Department will coordinate a countywide response with the above agencies, provide updated information to the general public, and facilitate medical management of exposed persons. Planning by government agencies however, no matter how competent, is no substitute for enhanced citizen awareness of the dangers of bioterrorism. The links and information on this page are designed to help every citizen become aware of the signs that a bioterror attack is imminent or occurring.

Useful Links:

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

US Department of Homeland Security

Other useful information is available for download below.

Health Department Divisions

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Emergency Preparedness News
Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Health Department's Medical Reserve Corps Helps Feed the Joshua Arms Seniors

Northern Illinois Food Bank Supplies Food Paid for by Presence St. Joseph Medical Center

Health Department’s Medical Reserve Corps, Senior Services of Will County, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank teamed up to make it all happen.
JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA CHAPTER MAKING IMPRESSIONS

JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA CHAPTER MAKING IMPRESSIONS

Recent Trip to ISU Being Followed by Trip to Florida

Three Joliet West students; Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete; all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.
AREA STUDENTS SHOWING THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN

AREA STUDENTS SHOWING THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN

Joliet West H S Students Looking into Pediatric Oncology Through their HOSA and MRC Work

Guadalupe Becerra, Paola Patino, and Alyna Navarrete all have ambitions of working in the pediatrics field.
What You Need to Know about Ebola

What You Need to Know about Ebola

The Ebola Virus

The outbreak is affecting multiple countries in West Africa and CDC has confirmed the first travel-associated case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. About half of the people who have gotten Ebola in this outbreak have died. 

Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, CDC and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. 

'Tremendous and impactful'

A Message from Captain Robert J. Tosatto; Director, Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps

Dear Medical Reserve Corps network, colleagues, and partners,

Since its inception in 2002, the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has served to improve the health, safety, and resilience of the nation. The Office of the Surgeon General, and particularly the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC), has shared and highlighted information about the MRC network through a variety of reports, presentations, and briefings over the years. Now we are pleased to support the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and its work to produce this first Network Profile of the Medical Reserve Corps.



H7N9 Flu and Mers-CoV Update: August 7, 2013

Updated Information

H7N9 Flu Update: Disturbing news emanated from eastern China August 6 with the online publication of a study indicating the first instance of a probable person-to-person transmission of the novel H7N9 bird flu virus. The study concerned the 32 year-old healthy daughter of a 60 year old who had fallen ill after frequent visits to an animal market with live birds and died a few weeks after being admitted to the hospital.

Flu Alert! According to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC, Forty-seven states now report widespread geographic influenza activity!

The United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness but the news is not all bad; while some key indicators of flu activity continued to increase, others declined. According to the CDC however, it is too soon to signal that the worst of the epidemic is over. 
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