National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Throughout September, National Preparedness Month highlights hazard-focused themes leading up to the September 30 National PrepareAthon! Day.

Ebola Update- June 2015

Ebola Update- June 2015

Travelers from Liberia are at extremely low risk of exposure to Ebola at this time.  For more than two months, there have been no cases of Ebola virus disease in Liberia.  On May 9, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the EVD outbreak in Liberia after 42 days had passed since the last EVD patient was buried.  It has been more than three months since the last case in the border regions between Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

How Ebola is Spread

How Ebola is Spread

There is no evidence that Ebola is spread by coughing or sneezing. Ebola is transmitted through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola; the virus is not transmitted through the air (like measles virus).
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. 

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

What We Know

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.

Pandemic Influenza

Pandemic Influenza

Unlike the seasonal flu, a pandemic flu virus poses a unique threat. Since humans have no previously developed immunity against pandemic flu, this new virus strain puts most people at high risk of infection. 
Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

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.
Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

Emergency Pharmaceutical Distribution

In the event of a public health emergency, the Health Department is the Will County agency responsible for distribution of pharmaceuticals (antibiotic medications) to the entirety of Will County and any other areas of responsibility by utilizing Points of Dispensing (POD) centers. 
Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps

In order to meet the public health needs during critical events, the Will County Health Department, in collaboration with the Will County Emergency Management Agency, has formed a Medical Reserve Corps and we are actively recruiting new members. 
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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