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ZIKA VIRUS
Zika virus is a virus similar to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile and is primarily transmitted through mosquitoes and sexual contact. The Zika virus outbreak in the Caribbean, and Central and South Americas has led to reports of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects, poor pregnancy outcomes, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is currently reporting 87 cases of Zika virus disease statewide. **Please note that all numbers are provisional and may be subject to change**
Illinois Information:
·         If you have returned from a country where Zika virus is circulating and you have symptoms of Zika virus in the two weeks following your return, call your doctor and report your travel history and symptoms.
·         If you are a doctor seeing a symptomatic patient who has traveled to a country where Zika virus is circulating, please contact your local health department to discuss possible Zika virus testing.
·         The IDPH Zika Virus Action Plan outlines how IDPH environmental health, communicable disease, laboratory, preparedness and response, women’s health and family services, and communications staff will work with local health departments, blood supply centers, and other partners to verify local transmission of Zika virus, inform the public, and prevent further spread. Updated 8/10/16
 
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Vectors are organisms that transmit infections from one host to another.   Your St Clair County Health Department monitors certain vectors, and provides training and information to agencies and citizens to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease.

 
Name: Vector Control Program
 
Program or Service Description:
The Vector Control Program focuses on education and surveillance of mosquitoes and ticks. Areas of St. Clair County located within the 18 townships under the jurisdiction of the St. Clair County Health Department are surveyed on an annual basis. With the occurrence of West Nile virus, surveillance and public education are conducted each season. Mosquitoes are collected, identified and tested for West Nile virus. Brochures are handed out to communities on the importance of minimizing mosquito breeding areas. Educational information is available for all residents on how to reduce breeding sites and personal protective measures. Public complaints are investigated and corrective action enforced based upon validity. Tick collections are also conducted annually, to identify the presence of deer ticks in an effort to prevent Lyme disease.
 
What are the goals of the program?
The Vector Control Program focuses on protecting the public health through education and surveillance of mosquitoes and ticks.
 
Who is this program/service for?
Residents of St. Clair County located within the 18 townships under the jurisdiction of the St. Clair County Health Department.
 
Who is eligible for this program/service?
Residents of St. Clair County located within the 18 townships under the jurisdiction of the St. Clair County Health Department.