Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Cook County Department of Public Health offers tips for a healthy Thanksgiving Day meal.
Thanksgiving is a day for family, food and fun. Here are a few tips to keep your guests safe from illness. These are supplied by the Cook County Public Health Dept. Keep the hot foods hot and the cold foods cold. Cook meat, poultry and eggs thoroughly. Using a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of meat is a good way to be sure that it is cooked sufficiently to kill bacteria: Eggs should be cooked until the yolk is firm. Maintain hot cooked food at 140 degrees Farenheit or above. When reheating cooked food, reheat to 165 degrees Farenheit. When preparing the turkey thaw the bird in the refrigerator. A 20-pound bird takes two to three days to defrost. Be sure the turkey has no ice in the cavity before preparation. If …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Nearly 60 cases have been confirmed by the Cook County Department of Public Health, not including communities with their own public health departments.
The Cook County Department of Public Health confirmed on Wednesday that there has been a fatality due to West Nile disease in suburban Cook County, the first in nearly 60 cases of the disease seen in the communities served by the CCDPH. A CCDPH spokeswoman confirmed that the death occurred in the south region of suburban Cook and that the victim was between 70 and 79 years old. No further information was released, to protect the victim’s identity. CCDPH, which serves all of Cook County except the locations with their own public health departments—including Oak Park, as well as Chicago, Evanston, Skokie and any of Stickney Township—reports 59 confirmed human cases of West Nile so far, and over 360 disease-positive mosquito pools. The Oak …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Public health officials in Cook County urge parents to vaccinate their school-age children against disease.
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Are your kids headed back to school? Public health officials in Cook County say there is no better time to get their vaccinations up to date. “As parents we do everything we can to keep our children safe and healthy, protecting them from vaccine preventable diseases should be no different,” said Cook County Department of Public Health interim COO Sandra Martell said in a statement. “Many young parents have not witnessed the devastating impact of vaccine preventable diseases. A child without the immunity that comes from being vaccinated is more likely to contract a communicable disease such as pertussis or measles and put others at risk of becoming infected.” The CCDPH says new Illinois Department of Public Health rules require students …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
County health agency offers warnings and advice for the season.
A public safety reminder from the Cook County Department of Public Health. “Today marks the first day of summer and it’s a perfect time to venture outdoors for family picnics or bike rides,” CCDPH COO Stephen A. Martin, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H. said. “Unfortunately, it’s also a time when reports of foodborne illness and personal injuries increase. Follow our basic safety tips to help make your summer memories fun and healthy.” Food Safety: Picnics are part of summer fun, but illness should not be. Food safety when picnicking should be a number one priority: Water Safety: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages one to 14, with two children dying every day as a result …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Both villages will apply federal cash to anti-obesity programs.
The villages of Oak Park and River Forest have been awarded federal grant money for anti-obesity programs, Cook County public health officials announced. The municipalities were two of 41 government entities and nonprofits across suburban Cook County to receive a portion of $4 million in a Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant awarded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago partnered to dole out the grant awards, which were announced Tuesday. The money is to be used for a wide variety of health-related causes, from promoting breastfeeding to making more nutritious food available. In River Forest officials will use …