WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS PARTNERS WITH JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA STUDENTS

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT'S MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS PARTNERS WITH JOLIET WEST HIGH SCHOOL HOSA STUDENTS

Joining Together with Those That Care

JOLIET – A recent Saturday morning meeting in the Will County Health Department’s Community Room was packed with Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) members increasing their knowledge of radon, the dangerous gas from decaying uranium that can make its way into our homes.


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. 

What we know about transmission of the Ebola virus among humans

Ebola situation assessment - 6 October 2014

The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.
Springfield - IL Dept of Public Health Reassures Illinoisans

Springfield - IL Dept of Public Health Reassures Illinoisans

First Ebola Case Confirmed in the U.S.

For Immediate Release: September 30,2014 the Illinois Department of Public Health reassures Illinoisans after first Ebola case confirmed in the U.S.  For the most up to date information on the Ebola virus, visit http://www.cdc/gov/vhf/ebola/index.html.

 

Enterovirus D68

New and Emerging

 Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) infections are thought to occur less commonly than infections with other enteroviruses. EV-D68 was first identified in California in 1962. Compared with other enteroviruses, EV-D68 has been rarely reported in the United States for the last 40 years.

'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.



Pandemic Influenza Response

Pandemic Influenza Response

Community Wide Planning and Coordination

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. The result could be that a large percentage of the world's population becomes infected in a very short period of time.

Local health departments like the WCHD and its Emergency Preparedness Division are responsible for community wide planning for an outbreak of an influenza pandemic. The Will County Health Department has developed a pandemic influenza plan for the county and conducts training meetings and exercises with other agencies to build response capabilities. The department also conducts routine disease surveillance activities which can assist in forecasting and monitoring outbreaks of disease. If an outbreak of pandemic influenza should occur, the WCHD will work closely with other Will County emergency agencies, regional partners and the State of Illinois to manage and distribute antiviral supplies and vaccines, along with carrying out other public health, medical and emergency services.

Communicating During an Emergency:I

In an emergency, information will be provided on Twitter at (www.twitter.com/Willcohealth) and the Health Department’s website (www.willcountyhealth.org) as well as local media outlets.  

Other useful information is available for download below.

Useful Links:

Will County Emergency Management Agency

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

Illinois Pandemic Flu 

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