Health Department Still Reporting WNV-Positive

Health Department Still Reporting WNV-Positive

Still Potential for Human WNV Activity

JOLIET – Colder weather means fewer mosquitoes to test, but the Will County Health Department has collected West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes from two locations that had not previously yielded positive results in 2014.

Will County Reports New WNV-Positive Mosquitoes

Will County Remains One of Illinois' WNV Hot Spots

JOLIET – Mosquitoes collected from Will County Health Department monitoring sites in Lockport, Bolingbrook, and Manhattan have added to the county’s growing West Nile Virus (WNV) totals.

Joliet Bird, Mosquitoes From Naperville, Monee Add To County’s WNV Totals

JOLIET – A bird found on the Will County Health Department’s Joliet campus and mosquitoes collected from Naperville and Monee have been added to Will County’s growing West Nile Virus (WNV) totals.

WNV-Positive Mosquitoes Identified In Bolingbrook

JOLIET – Mosquito samples collected from a Will County Health Department monitoring site in Bolingbrook tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Food Safety Certification Program

Food Safety Certification Program

The Illinois Department of Public Health requires that food service establishments to be under the operational supervision of a certified Food Safety Sanitation Manager. The number of certified food managers is determined by risk and type of facility. That includes establishments that provide full service food preparation as well as those that hold, cool and re-heat food. This person is responsible for overseeing the food handling and preparation process to prevent the occurrence of food-borne illness.

The Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certification program is administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).  This program is designed to offer food handlers and supervisors a basic food science background and develop knowledge for the proper handling of food and the sanitary maintenance of food establishments.

The Certificate must be posted prominently and should be in plain view of customers. To obtain a Food Safety Sanitation Manager Certificate you must attend and pass an IDPH approved course. Our course instructors are all IDPH approved.

The FSSMC program is managed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). name change, change of address, replacement certificates, reciprocity, and new and renewal certificate payments should be submitted to IDPH by mail via the FSSMC Program Request Form at the Illinois Department of Health website.

Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

The Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act (410 ILCS 625), amended by SB1495, passed into law on August 27, 2013, changes the existing training and certification requirements for food safety managers, as well as establishes food handler training requirements. 

 

West Nile Virus Control Program

West Nile Virus Control Program

Health Department Initiatives in Public Education, Surveillance and Response to WNV

Increasing public awareness of the need for mosquito control, ongoing surveillance of vulnerable   populations and coordination of response to outbreaks offers the best chance of controlling this disease

The Environmental Health Division takes a lead role in county efforts to combat outbreaks of West Nile virus (WNV) by raising public awareness about the disease through education, helping to ensure surveillance of potentially infected humans, mammals and birds and controlling the spread of the disease. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause mild illness (West Nile fever) or severe symptoms (encephalitis or meningitis) in humans and other animals bitten by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on birds that carry the virus in their blood. Currently, no vaccine against WNV is available so that mosquito abatement is one of the main tools that can be used to reduce the incidence of the disease. People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop serious symptoms of WNV if they do get sick and should take special care to avoid mosquito bites. WNV is now considered to be an endemic pathogen in many parts of the world including the United States.

Environmental Health Division Laboratory Safeguards Wells and Septic Systems

Environmental Health Division Laboratory Safeguards Wells and Septic Systems

Testing Water Quality Protects Public Health

The Environmental Laboratory safeguards the quality of private wells and septic systems. Testing water quality is crucial to maintaining public health in Will County.

We are here to help you find answers to your water quality questions. We want you to know about the quality of your water so you can make informed decisions about its impact on you and the environment in which we live. Why do we test water? A large number of human diseases, particularly those of the gastrointestinal tract are spread through contaminated water.

The EH Laboratory supports the work of the division by testing potable water for bacteria, hardness, nitrates and fluoride. The EH Laboratory is certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health and NELAC for drinking water analysis.

All samples must be brought in on ice in one of our sterile bottles which can be picked up at any health department location. Samples may be placed in a sandwich bag or container with ice cubes. Please alert staff if you have a hydrogen peroxide system or a chlorinator when picking up sterile bottles. All water from private wells should be analyzed for bacteria at least once a year.

If laboratory analysis of your well water indicates that it is unsatisfactory for drinking or cooking it will need to be disinfected. A useful description of the procedures to be followed in the disinfection of your well is contained in our Well Chlorination Instructions. This document can be downloaded and viewed below.

Testing Fees   
Routine Bacterial Screens 
$20.00
Bacterial Screen with Count  
$25.00
Chlorine Check $  5.00
Nitrate Analysis $15.00
Fluoride Analysis $20.00
Hardness Analysis $15.00

All fees are paid at the time of service and are non-refundable. There will be a $25.00 service charge for all returned checks.

Documents to download

Environmental Health Laboratory Location

Laboratory Location

Environmental Health Laboratory
501 Ella Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433
(815)727-8517

Environmental Health Laboratory Hours

Schedule for Dropping off Samples

Laboratory Hours: 

Monday-Friday:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm
(815)-727-8517

Fridays and the day before a holiday, samples are accepted until noon. Branch hours may differ.  

Contact individual branches for hours of operation.
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Health Department To Activate WNV Information Line

Health Department To Activate WNV Information Line

Bird Testing, Mosquito Monitoring Protect Against Potentially Serious Disease

May marks the beginning of the West Nile Virus (WNV) season across Illinois. County residents can help to minimize the potential for WNV by reporting dead birds to the Will County Health Department. Will County’s WNV Information Line is now available for individuals wishing to report dead birds that can help identify the potential for human infections. The 24-hour service is accessible at 815-740-7631.







Illegally Made Mexican Cheese Causing Foodborne Illness

Illegally Made Mexican Cheese Causing Foodborne Illness

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Consumer Warning

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is warning people about the dangers of consuming illegally manufactured cheeses.  Health officials are reporting around 100 cases of salmonellosis in 13 counties believed to be linked to consumption of an illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheese.  A sample of the cheese obtained from the home of a person who became ill tested positive for Salmonella.  IDPH is working with local health departments to identify the manufacturer of the contaminated cheese.  







Joliet Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Joliet Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

The bat is Will County's third wildlife rabies confirmation for 2013.

Residents of a home on Middletree Road alerted animal control officials after seeing the bat hanging from a screen on the front porch in broad daylight.
Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A rabies confirmation was received from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Will County Animal Control dispatched the bat for laboratory analysis July 8, and a rabies confirmation was received from the Illinois Department of Public Health early Tuesday, July 9.
Will County Confirms West Nile Virus Activity

Will County Confirms West Nile Virus Activity

Will is one of at least 18 Illinois counties to report WNV activity so far this year.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious human infection transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.  Samples collected from a Health Department mosquito monitoring site in Bolingbrook represent Will County’s first confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) activity for 2013.

Plainfield Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

A live bat trapped near the front door of a Plainfield residence has become Will County’s second wildlife rabies confirmation of 2013.
Health Department Offers Mosquito Prevention Tips

Health Department Offers Mosquito Prevention Tips

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: June 23-29

Summer heat and occasional rainfall can create ideal conditions for mosquito breeding.  National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (sponsored by the American Mosquito Control Association), is designed to raise awareness about strategies that can reduce mosquito breeding and provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases.
Will County Commences 2013 Mosquito Monitoring

Will County Commences 2013 Mosquito Monitoring

Health Department Initiative Tracks West Nile Activity

Will County Environmental Health began 2013 mosquito monitoring early Thursday, May 23. Plans call for Environmental Health personnel to conduct weekly monitoring at more than a dozen locations throughout the county.  The first mosquito samples were collected Thursday, despite wet conditions at some trap locations that made collection difficult.

Health Department to Activate West Nile Virus Information Line

Health Department to Activate West Nile Virus Information Line

May Marks the beginning of the WNV season across Illinois

Launched in May, 2002, the Information Line enables area residents to access the latest information concerning WNV, report the location of dead birds, and talk to a Health Department representative about the disease during regular weekly business hours.  May marks the beginning of the West Nile Virus (WNV) season across Illinois.
Swimming Facility Inspections Begin

Swimming Facility Inspections Begin

Working to ensure each venue is ready

Will County’s 129 public swimming facilities and 12 bathing beaches traditionally open for business during the Memorial Day weekend and the Will County Health Department is working to ensure each venue is ready.  Will County Environmental Health personnel currently inspect each local recreational water venue to ensure compliance with the Illinois Swimming Facility Act and code. 
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