Two Illinois Residents Test Positive for Zika Virus

Two Illinois Residents Test Positive for Zika Virus

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad.  Two pregnant Illinois residents who recently traveled to countries where Zika virus is found have tested positive for the virus.  Physicians are monitoring their health and pregnancies.  "There is virtually no risk to Illinois residents since you cannot contract Zika virus from another person, but only through the bite of an infected mosquito," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. 
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. 

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68

What We Know

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962.

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.

Health Department Urges Protection Against Lyme Disease

Other Tick-Borne Illnesses

JOLIET – Lyme Disease is the most prominent of several illnesses carried by ticks, tiny blood-sucking insects that may be no larger than a poppy seed. With the arrival of warmer weather, the Will County Health Department urges hunters, campers, hikers, and others who spend time outdoors to be especially mindful of the risks posed by Lyme Disease and its potential complications. Lyme Disease is known to have infected more than  340,000 Americans since 1982, and scientists believe that total represents only a fraction of the actual incidence.

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.

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Will County Emergency Management Agency

Illinois Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

Illinois Pandemic Flu 

Illinois Department of Public Health:  Infection Control Measures for Health-Care Facilities during Flooding, Sewage Intrusion or Other Water-Related Emergencies

Illinois Department of Public Health: Infection Control Measures for Health-Care Facilities during Flooding, Sewage Intrusion or Other Water-Related Emergencies

IDPH is closely monitoring the flood waters in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is closely monitoring the flood waters in Illinois.  The purpose of this 3-page memorandum is to help promote awareness of infection control recommendations for health-care facilities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) that are published in the "Guidelines for Environmental Infection Control in Health-Care Facilities" (2003) available at http://www.cdc.gov/hicpac/pdf/guidelines/eic_in_HCF_03.pdf  
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