Bioterrorism Preparedness

Bioterrorism Preparedness

Coordinating the Countywide Response to a Biological Attack

Bioterrorism is a form of terrorism using biologic agents that are harmful to humans. This form of terrorism involves the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be spread through the air, through water, or in food. Terrorists may prefer to use biological agents because they can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response division of the Will County Health Department plays the leading role in coordinating the countywide response to a real or potential biological attack. To this end, our organization works with local first responders, hospitals, schools, and government agencies to establish protocols for investigation of and response to any suspicious communicable disease outbreak or potential biological attack. In the event of an actual biological attack, the Health Department will coordinate a countywide response with the above agencies, provide updated information to the general public, and facilitate medical management of exposed persons. Planning by government agencies however, no matter how competent, is no substitute for enhanced citizen awareness of the dangers of bioterrorism. The links and information on this page are designed to help every citizen become aware of the signs that a bioterror attack is imminent or occurring.

Useful Links:

Illinois Emergency Management Agency

US Department of Homeland Security

Other useful information is available for download below.

Health Department Divisions

Authors

Emergency Preparedness News
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.

 

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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.

H7N9 and MERS-CoV Update: Week of July 19, 2013

No new H7N9 Cases; MERS-CoV Not Yet a Public Health Emergency

The Saudi Ministry of Health recommendations are designed to minimize health risks.  There have been no new cases of H7N9 infection. In addition, no one knows whether MERS-CoV will develop into a worldwide emergency, but the Saudis recognize that an ounce of prevention may be worth several pounds of cure.
H7N9 Flu Update: June 28, 2013

H7N9 Flu Update: June 28, 2013

40th fatality linked to H7N9 since late March

Disturbing news emanated from eastern China June 26, when the Shanghai Provincial Branch of the National Health and Family Planning Commission announced the death of a 56-year-old man infected with the novel H7N9 Avian Flu virus.
Health Department Offers Power Outage Safety Tips

Health Department Offers Power Outage Safety Tips

Here are helpful tips you can use if your power goes out.

Recent thunderstorms have produced scattered power outages across Will County.  Here are helpful tips you can use if your power goes out.

H7N9 Flu Update:  June 14, 2013

H7N9 Flu Update: June 14, 2013

No new cases reported since May 17; three additional H7N9 fatalities confirmed.

The Chinese suspended emergency responses in the areas affected by H7N9 May 28, but health officials from 15 countries spanning three continents remain keenly interested in measures capable of thwarting a potential pandemic. 

 

H7N9 Update: May 31, 2013

H7N9 Update: May 31, 2013

Just one new case and two fatalities from May 17-31.

There is good news and less than encouraging information regarding the H7N9 avian flu virus.  On the positive side, Chinese health authorities reported just one new case of human infection and two fatalities from May 17-31. 
H7N9 Update: May 17, 2013

H7N9 Update: May 17, 2013

From May 2 -16, Chinese authorities reported seven new cases of the novel H7H9 human infection.

The incidence of H7N9 transmission to humans has lessened, but it is unknown whether fewer cases signal a subsiding problem, or something else. From May 2-16, Chinese authorities reported just seven new cases of the novel H7N9 human infection. Just 24 cases were reported from April 24, through May 16.  Unfortunately, the fatality rate among H7N9 victims remains alarmingly high.
H7N9 Update: May 10, 2013

H7N9 Update: May 10, 2013

Authorities from across the globe are closely monitoring the situation.

So far, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human virus transmission, but health authorities from across the globe are closely monitoring the situation. On April 28, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said his government would continue to cooperate with international health organizations, release information openly, and work to promote public awareness of the virus

Flooding Resource Booklet

Flooding Preparedness and Response

The Flooding Resource Booklet contains information for preparing and recovering from a flood.  

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