Saturday, April 27, 2013
Tips for dealing with flood: In addition to structural damage, flood water can contaminate both food and drinking water with bacteria, viruses and other organisms.
Saturday, April 27
When returning to your home after a flood, cleaning up can be overwhelming. The Kane County Health Department advises residents that in addition to structural damage, flood water can contaminate both food and drinking water with bacteria, viruses and other organisms. If you become ill (e.g. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps), report your condition to your physician. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you receive a puncture or severe wound while in contact with contaminated flood water, you should be evaluated immediately by a healthcare provider and receive a tetanus shot if it’s been more than five years since your last booster. If your private well casing has been submerged, the water could …
Friday, April 19, 2013
After the flood of 2013, you might want to make sure your well water is safe.
Friday, April 19
After this week’s flooding, homeowners with private wells have seen their wells flood, or they have questions regarding the safety of their drinking water. If the safety of your water supply is in doubt, be sure to use bottled water for drinking, preparing food, making ice, hand washing, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing baby formula. Do not eat any food that has come in contact with the potentially contaminated water. The Kane County Health Department has specific instructions on how to disinfect a well and is providing free drinking water sample analysis kits for any wells suspected of being contaminated with coliform bacteria due to flooding. You may obtain sample bottles and instructions for disinfection of wells from the …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Barbara Jeffers removes the "interim" from her title as head of the Kane County Health Department.
The Kane County Board has appointed Barbara Jeffers, MPH, as the permanent executive director of the Health Department. Jeffers had been serving as Interim executive director since June 2012, when she was appointed to the fill the position of former Executive Director Paul Kuehnert, who left for another position. Jeffers said she will sustain the momentum of the department in terms of protecting the community, maintaining its partnerships and continuing the department’s strategic planning. Jeffers says her commitment to partnerships is "stronger than ever." The department's vision is to have the healthiest residents in Illinois by 2030, and it already has initiated projects bearing fruit as part of its Community Health Improvement Plan. “…
Monday, February 18, 2013
The Kane County Health Department is notifying the public about Taylor Farms' organic baby spinach. There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the product.
Monday, February 18
Taylor Farms Retail, Inc., a California firm, is initiating a voluntary recall of Organic Baby Spinach with the potential to be contaminated with E coli, the Kane County Health Department reports. The Health Department says the company is pulling the product "out of an abundance of caution," and says there have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items. Symptoms of the diseases caused by E coli include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that may in some cases progress to bloody diarrhea. Fever and vomiting may also occur. The product is described in detail as follows: The product was distributed in Illinois. No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The company is cooperating with the Food and Drug …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
First rule: Don't get your guests sick.
Saturday, February 2
Even though Super Bowl Sunday is not an official holiday, millions of Americans celebrate the day with family and friends. In fact, Super Bowl Sunday is the second–largest day of food consumption in the United States after Thanksgiving. However, unlike a sit-down dinner, most Super Bowl parties feature buffet-style fare. If you are planning a Super Bowl party, make sure to follow the food safety playbook to ensure that everyone enjoys the party, no matter who wins or loses, and nobody goes home sick. A popular way to celebrate holidays or any party occasion is to invite friends and family to a buffet. However, this type of food service, where foods may be out for long periods leaves the door open for uninvited guests -- bacteria that cause…
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mitigation is the key to making your home safe from radon gas—but the cost averages about $1,200 a home.
Saturday, January 26
The Kane County Health Department, in conjunction with the Kane County Healthy Places Coalition, recommends that not only is it important to test your home for dangerous levels of radon, it is just as important to take steps to lower the levels, a procedure called “mitigation.” Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) estimates that only about one-third of those homes in Kane County found to have radon levels above the federal standard of 4 pCi/l actually have been mitigated. The cost to mitigate a home averages about $1,200 and is done by certified professionals. You can find a list of professionals in your area by visiting the IEMA website. The Health Department’s website contains a wealth of information about radon, including …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
County health officials advise it’s not too late to get the vaccine.
Wednesday, January 16
With flu season at its peak in Illinois and the illness hitting levels not seen in in at least six years, the Kane County Health Department is advising that is not too late to get your flu shot. Flu vaccine is available at many pharmacies, grocery stores and health providers, the Kane County Health Department said in a release, adding that anyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot to protect themselves and their family against influenza. The flu season typically runs through May, with activity peaking in January and into February. This season, however, the spike began early — in December, according to health officials and Google.org’s Flu Trends, which boasts that it uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity …
Monday, May 21, 2012
No illnesses found yet, but Kane County puts out the alert for a recall of diced red onions that might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The Kane County Health Department sent a press release Monday to keep residents up to date on possible contaminations of red onions and bag salads distributed in the area. Gills Onions, LLC of Oxnard, CA over the weekend initiated a voluntary recall of 2,360 pounds of diced red onions with lot code 51RDA1A2119 and use-by-dates May 14, 15 and 17, 2012 because it may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. The product is beyond its use-by-date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, and no other Gills Onions product is affected by this recall. Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should discard it. River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA, also announced over the weekend that it is …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Six top health threats are obesity, chronic diseases, infant mortality, childhood lead poisoning, communicable disease and poor social and emotional wellness.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The draft of the Community Health Improvement Plan is now available on the Health Department’s website (www.kanehealth.com) and the department is seeking comments and feedback on the plan from the public through the month of February. The 2012-16 Kane County Community Health Improvement Plan reflects the understanding that the quality of the communities where we live, work, and play is as important to achieving good health as going to the doctor for regular checkups, proper nutrition, and adequate physical activity. There are many factors that affect our health and have a tremendous influence on health outcomes. The physical environment, social and economic factors, and clinical care all play a role in an individual’s health and are all …