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Important Alert For All Water Users
On Friday August 5, 2016 Illinois American Water will be temporarily changing the type of disinfectant used in the water as we always do at this time of year.
IDPH Heat Tips News Release
Illinois Department of Public Health Safety Tips for Heat
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East St. Louis, June 17, 2016: East Side Health District announced that mosquitoes tested in its jurisdiction have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
Safety Tips For Heat
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D Shah, M.D., J.D. and East Side Health District are urging citizens in our area to take action to avoid heat-related illness such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
East St. Louis corner stores offer more fruits, vegetables.
Congratulations, Bhagya and Laquitsha! I just ran across this phenomenal article and video highlighting the work of the Make Health Happen coalition in East St. Louis. This is well-deserved recognition for all of the hard work you’ve done with corner stores and food pantries in your local community. Thanks for being a champion of health!
Two Illinois Residents Test Positive For Zika Virus
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public of the potential of contracting Zika virus while traveling abroad. Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites, similar to West Nile virus or dengue fever. While illness is usually mild and severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, there is a possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects.
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.
On July 20, 2015, East Side Health District received its first mosquito pool that was positive for West Nile Virus in East St. Louis, IL. Positive birds and/or positive mosquitoes have been found in 44 Illinois counties this season. “Our health departments monitor activity and conduct surveillance every year mid-April through mid-October,” stated Myla Blandford, Assistant Administrator at East Side Health District. Due to recent increased WNV activity in mosquitoes in the Metro East area, health officials recommend citizens be pro-active in using insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes and wear protective clothing during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Read More…
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