Friday, April 19, 2013
DuPage County Health Department offers discounts on well water tests April 22-26.
From the DuPage County Health Department April 22 is Earth Day and the DuPage County Health Department urges County residents with private wells to protect the health of their families by getting their well water tested, with a special discount offered during the week of April 22-26. To celebrate Earth Day, the Health Department has reduced the water well testing fee to $30 for one week only. The testing covers basic coliform bacteria and nitrate screening. There are approximately 18,000 private wells in DuPage County. An annual test is strongly recommended or whenever work is done on your well or on your plumbing, such as hot water tank replacement. Residents may stop at any of the Health Department’s Public Health Centers in Addison, …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Some government offices are closed today in honor of President's Day.
School is out in honor of President’s Day and, in addition, some government offices are closed today. In DuPage County the following offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. The DuPage County Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, located at 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, will be closed Monday, Feb. 18. County departments and services will reopen at their regular times on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The U.S. Postal Service will observe the federal holiday with post offices closed and no mail delivery or retail service. Customers are encouraged to still drop their mail in blue street collection boxes, so they can be processed early the next day. For customers depositing mail on Feb. 19, Central IL District Manager Peter Allen advises they …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
A half-day summit, which will provide information to nonprofits is being held Jan. 23 at the DuPage County Health Department.
A summit later this week will help nonprofit organizations understand the ins-and-outs of the Affordable Care Act. Nonprofit agencies are invited to attend the program being held Wednesday at the DuPage County Health Department. The half-day summit will help agencies learn how the act will affect their oganizations and clients. Experts from the Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, health and disability advocates, along with the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition will be provided information during the program. Those interested in attending are asked to e-mail or 630-221-7374 Dave Hass at the DuPage County Health Department. The Affordable Health Care Act summit for nonprofit agencies will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Health department encourages homeowners to test their homes for radon.
The DuPage County Health Department encourages homeowners to educate themselves on the dangers of radon, an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, during National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a radioactive gas generated by the natural decay of uranium in soil and rocks, estimated to cause as many as 20,000 deaths from lung cancer each year throughout the United States. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today, following tobacco use. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon. Testing is …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The number of West Nile virus cases reported nationwide is at the highest level since 2003.
Officials confirmed Monday a third person has died in DuPage County as a result of contracting West Nile virus. The DuPage County Health Department reported 25 people have contracted the virus, with three of those cases resulting in deaths. The confirmed cases of West Nile virus have affected people ranging in age from their 20s to 70s, said David Hass, public information officer for the health department. Those who became ill were located in Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont. As of Sept. 18, there were 94 cases of West Nile virus reported in Illinois, which resulted in three deaths (two in DuPage and one in Kane County), according to the Centers for…
Saturday, September 8, 2012
The number of cases of West Nile virus continue to rise and more cases are expected to be confirmed, according to the DuPage County Health Department.
A second DuPage County resident has died as a result of contracting West Nile virus, the DuPage County Health Department announced Friday. The health department confirmed that the number of cases of West Nile virus in the county has risen to 15, with two of those cases resulting in deaths related to the virus. Lombard Village President Bill Mueller, 76, became the first West Nile fatality in DuPage County. He had been battling cancer since 2008, was hospitalized in early August and died last month. The 15 people affected by West Nile Virus are in their 20s to 70s, and are located in Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont. For weeks the health department has been …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
DuPage County Board member Robert Larsen has been appointed to the DuPage County Board of Health.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Robert Larsen, a DuPage County Board member in District 6, has been appointed to the DuPage County Board of Health by the DuPage County Board and Chairman Dan Cronin. “With his background as Chairman of the County’s Health and Human Services Committee, Robert Larsen will do an outstanding job of representing the interests of DuPage County residents on the Board of Health,” said Linda Kurzawa, President of the Board of Health. Larsen is a member of seven DuPage County Board Committees and serves as Chairman of Health and Human Services. He is also active in numerous community organizations. The Board of Health is a policy-…
Clarke Mosquito Control will conduct spray treatment Wednesday, July 25 in Wheaton.
West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes continues to increase in Illinois, causing mosquito control workers concern about human infections, even though none have been reported in Illinois this year, according to a press release from the City of Wheaton. According to an interactive map displaying incidents of positive and negative findngs of West Nile Virus in the area, the virus was found in some mosquitoes trapped in Wheaton last week. The DuPage County Health Department reported in May finding the first mosquitoes carrying the virus, the finding came earlier than in the previous year. The warm weather earlier in the year was attributed as one reason for the early finding. Low rainfall in the Wheaton Mosquito Abatement District prevented …
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in traps in Wheaton last week.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Lack of rain and hot temperatures have created a perfect breeding environment for the mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus. The virus was found in some mosquitoes trapped in Wheaton last week. The DuPage County Health Department is warning residents to take extra precautions as “we are entering a period of high risk for West Nile virus infection in humans,” according to the Health Department. While mosquitoes known to breed in “floodwaters” have been eliminated due to the heat and high temperatures, those same conditions create a perfect breeding environment for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, the Health Department said. The Culex mosquitoes are the main carriers of West Nile virus. “The hot summer temperatures, which are …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Cooling stations are ready for the 100-degree heat expected here by Thursday.
Temperatures at or above 100 degrees are coming our way, and officials are gearing up with cooling stations and warnings. The National Weather Service-Chicago has a Hazardous Weather Outlook in place throughout the week for the Wheaton area. Temperatures are expected in the low to mid-90s Wednesday and from near 100 to the 105-degree range Thursday, the NWS says. Afternoon highs in the 90s are expected to continue through the weekend. There are some chances of thunderstorms, but the likelihood is that the continued dry spring and early summer conditions will continue. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows our area as "abnormally dry." The far south tip of Illinois is facing "extreme drought" conditions. Cooling centers are available for the …