Will County Reports Its First West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquito For 2015

Will County Reports Its First West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquito For 2015

Health Department Monitoring Sites Aid WNV Surveillance

JOLIET – A Will County Health Department mosquito monitoring site in Bolingbrook yielded the county’s first West Nile Virus (WNV), positive mosquito sample for 2015.

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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. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LABORATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LABORATORY

If you obtain drinking water from a private water well, you alone are responsible for assuring that it is safe for you and your family to consume. For this reason, routine testing of water from a private water well is highly recommended. The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Laboratory can test water for routine bacteria, nitrate, fluoride and hardness.

Will County Health Department Reports Sizeable WNV Increase

Virus-Positive Mosquito Samples Up 140 Percent In Four Days

JOLIET – Monitoring sites operated by the Will County Health Department reported 14 new West Nile Virus-positive mosquito pools from Monday, August 17, through Thursday, August 20.

BACK TO SCHOOL FOOD SAFETY

The most important tips to remember about packing school lunches:

  • Always keep everything clean: Hands, surfaces, utensils, fresh fruit and veggies, everything!
  • Keep hot foods hot: Use an insulated bottle for hot foods.
  • Keep cold foods cold: Use an insulated lunch box and frozen gel packs – or a frozen juice box – to keep things cool until lunchtime (but not later).
  • When you’re done, throw it away: Throw away used paper and plastic bags. And throw away any perishable leftovers.

Plainfield Mosquito Samples Test WNV-Positive

Virus Activity Confirmed in Nearly 24 State Counties

JOLIET – Mosquito samples collected from a Will County Health Department monitoring site in Plainfield tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), early Thursday, July 23.

ILLINOIS BEACH GUARD SYSTEM

ILLINOIS BEACH GUARD SYSTEM

Illinois Department of Public Health provides  a status on your favorite beach at

Illinois Beach Guard System.

Health Department Offers Mosquito Prevention Tips

Mosquitoes Are A Nuisance And They Spread Diseases As Well

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is June 21/27, and the Will County Health Department is offering tips to help area residents reduce mosquito breeding right where they live.

Health Department Begins Swimming Facility Inspections

Public Pools, Beaches Require Special Attention

JOLIET – Will County’s 128 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.

Health Department to Activate WNV Information Line

Health Department to Activate WNV Information Line

Dead Bird Reporting Critical to West Nile Virus Initiative

JOLIET – May marks the beginning of the West Nile Virus (WNV) season across Illinois.  ounty 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.





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Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Free Tick Kits Available

The Will County Health Department has "free" tick kits available at each branch in the Environmental Health division. . 

BATS AND RABIES

BATS AND RABIES

Bats pose a threat to human health.

Correctly considered beneficial animals, in certain situations bats, however, pose a threat to human health.  Histoplasmosis is a disease associated with bat guano and bird droppings.  The greatest health risk from bats is rabies.  Rabid bats may exhibit no obvious abnormalities, so all contact with bats should be avoided.

Emergency Management Officials Urge Caution  When Temperatures Rise

Emergency Management Officials Urge Caution When Temperatures Rise

The hottest days of summer are just around the corner

IEMA offers safety tips to help people beat the heat 

EATING OUTDOORS, HANDLING FOOD SAFELY

EATING OUTDOORS, HANDLING FOOD SAFELY

Pack and Transport Food Safely

Picnic and barbecue season offers lots of opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. But these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO ACTIVATE WNV INFORMATION LINE

HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO ACTIVATE WNV INFORMATION LINE

May Marks the beginning of the WNV season across Illinois

The West Nile Virus Information Line, 815-740-7631  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. 

  
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.  







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. 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LABORATORY

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH LABORATORY

If you obtain drinking water from a private water well, you alone are responsible for assuring that it is safe for you and your family to consume. For this reason, routine testing of water from a private water well is highly recommended. The Will County Health Department Environmental Health Laboratory can test water for routine bacteria, nitrate, fluoride and hardness.

2015 WILL COUNTY FAIR  AUGUST 26 THRU AUGUST 30

2015 WILL COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 26 THRU AUGUST 30

Visit the Will County Health Department Environmental Health booth at the fair. Learn about radon, West Nile virus, food safety, water quality, sewage disposal and much more. Free giveaways!!

BACK TO SCHOOL FOOD SAFETY

The most important tips to remember about packing school lunches:

  • Always keep everything clean: Hands, surfaces, utensils, fresh fruit and veggies, everything!
  • Keep hot foods hot: Use an insulated bottle for hot foods.
  • Keep cold foods cold: Use an insulated lunch box and frozen gel packs – or a frozen juice box – to keep things cool until lunchtime (but not later).
  • When you’re done, throw it away: Throw away used paper and plastic bags. And throw away any perishable leftovers.
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