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. 

 

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.





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.

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.

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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. 

 

Food Handler Training Now Available Through WCHD

Illinois Food Handling Regulation Enforcement Act

Health Department Warns Of Health Risks Posed By Mexican-Style Cheese From An Unlicensed Source

Statewide Investigation Ongoing

JOLIET – The Will County Health Department is teaming with the Illinois Department of Public Health, and local health jurisdictions across the state to warn consumers of health risks posed by Mexican-style cheese produced from an unlicensed dairy source.

Remember Food Safety During Holiday Meal Planning

Food Safety Tips

JOLIET --  Family dinners take on special significance during the holiday season, and food safety is especially important during those festive holiday gatherings.  The Will County Health Department reminds area residents that simple precautions can help to ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin your holiday feasts. The following food safety tips should help to ensure that your holiday meals are a smashing success.
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