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West Nile Virus Awareness Among the General Public and Health and Veterinarians

Author: Environmental Health Staff/Wednesday, January 2, 2013/Categories: West Nile Virus, Disease Prevention and Control

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Since outbreaks of West Nile virus occur each summer in the United States, increased public awareness could become one of the keys to mitigating the effects of a disease that is always spread in much the same way and generally presents the same set of symptoms. West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid-August. In 2012, there was a spike in WNV with the largest number of cases being reported to the CDC through July since 2004.   

Given the fact that there is no vaccine against WNV, an enhanced understanding of the symptoms and treatment of the disease on the part of physicians and other health professionals affords the best chance of receiving timely medical treatment or palliative care once diagnosed.

To increase awareness of the disease among the general public, the Environmental Health Division of the WCHD has written articles informing county residents of how they can stem the spread of the virus by denying mosquitos the stagnant water in which they breed and how they can protect themselves from mosquito bites. The Division intends to continue authoring additional articles for posting in divisional news whenever appropriate and will also use public education forums, press releases, newspaper articles and social media to meet our public awareness objectives.

Useful links:

Mosquitoes and Mosquito Repellents: A Clinician's Guide

National Pesticide Information Center - West Nile Virus Resource Guide

Environment Protection Agency - Mosquito Control Pesticides

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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. 

 

2019 ADOPTION OF THE FDA FOOD CODE

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In preparation for the January 1, 2019 adoption of the FDA Food Code to the Illinois Food Service Sanitation Code Will County Health Department food inspectors will be providing information throughout 2018 on the changes food service operations should expect. One significant change is the requirement for a PERSON IN CHARGE (PIC). The Person in Charge shall be the permit holder or designated by the permit holder. The Person in Charge shall be present during all hours of operations. This means that when the permit holder or manager has a day off or leaves the food service establishment they must designate a Person in Charge. The Person in Charge shall demonstrate knowledge of food borne disease prevention, the application of food safety principles and the requirements of the Food Code. Not designating a Person in Charge that is capable of fulfilling the requirements would result in a priority violation that could impact whether the food service establishment will Pass, Pass with Condition or Fail the inspection. During this transition period it is important to obtain training for staff and to implement food safety procedures that all staff are aware of and practice on a routine basis. The permit holder and management team should become familiar with the FDA Food Code. It would be advantageous to create a written standard operating procedure manual. Also, establishing a chain of command to identify the Person(s) in Charge will be one step in ensuring that inspections result with PASS.

 

https://www.fda.gov/food/guidanceregulation/retailfoodprotection/foodcode/default.htm

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