Surveillance and Data Collection

Surveillance and Data Collection

In close collaboration with our community partners (clinics, hospitals, health care providers) and the wider community, the staff of the Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Program works  to perform case investigations and contact tracing on reportable communicable disease cases.
Health Data Analysis and Reporting

Health Data Analysis and Reporting

The Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Program is continuously working with area medical providers to update them on ongoing disease trends as revealed by the data that the program is constantly collecting. The program also helps county health care providers by making available the most current information on the testing, treatment, and prevention of communicable disease.
Educating the Public

Educating the Public

The Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Program of the Will County Health Department works constantly to provide the most current information/prevention and control guidelines to the general public in order to increase awareness of the symptoms and incidence of communicable disease in the county. 
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Epidemiology News
Please Don't Feed The Animals

Please Don't Feed The Animals

Wild Animals Can Carry Dangerous Diseases

If you live in Will County, you have probably seen deer, coyotes, foxes, and other wildlife frolicking not far from your home. Local population growth has reduced animal living space and forced wildlife to seek shelter in, or very near residential communities.  Lee Schild D.V.M. believes animals and humans can still coexist peacefully, but he knows that humans need to make sure wild animals don't get too close.
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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Whooping Cough Alert!

Whooping Cough Alert!

National Upsurge of Pertussis Cases Includes Illinois

The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates a sharp increase in the number of pertussis (whooping cough cases) in 2012 over the incidence in 2011. Provisional counts from the CDC surveillance system indicate that more than 36,000 cases of pertussis were reported to CDC through November 17, 2012. 

SITUATION AWARENESS BRIEFING: Deadly MERS Virus Hits Uncomfortably Close To Home

International Travel Brings Dangerous Diseases to Our Doorstep

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a potentially fatal virus which has now sickened hundreds in 12 countries and carries a fatality rate of more than 30 percent. In 2012, health officials from the Arabian Peninsula reported the first cases of what is now called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a potentially fatal virus which has now sickened hundreds in 12 countries and carries a fatality rate of more than 30 percent.

Health Department Urges Protection Against Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Illnesses

Health Department Urges Protection Against Lyme Disease, Other Tickborne Illnesses

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 300,000 Americans since 1982, and scientists believe that total represents only a fraction of the actual incidence.

Influenza Activity in Illinois is Now Confined to Local Outbreaks

Influenza Has Peaked According to the CDC

This article contains updates to the article posted February 20, 2013.

According to the CDC, the influenza outbreak that was so widespread during much of the winter has peaked and activity has decreased in most parts of the U.S. During the latest reporting period (the week ending March 3-9), there were no states reporting high influenza-like activity. According to the latest Overview of Influenza Surveillance in the United States, Illinois has gone from reporting high flu incidence to reporting only localized outbreaks. 


Health Department Recommending Flu Shots for the Unprotected

It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot!

Most area students are returning to the classroom this week, and the Will County Health Department will be watching. Illinois is one of nearly 40 states currently experiencing widespread influenza activity and the Health Department will be monitoring school attendance to help gauge the severity of the local problem. If current trends continue, the 2012-2013 flu season could be memorable. 

Community-Associated  MRSA Information for the Public

Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public

Frequently Asked Questions About MRSA

What is Staphylococcus aureus (staph)?

Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. Approximately 25% to 30o/o of the population is colonized (when bacteria are present , but not causing an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria.