Zika virus cases in Florida linked to local mosquito transmission
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) echoes CDC’s recent recommendation that pregnant women avoid travel to an area in Miami, Florida, because of the risk of Zika virus. This recommendation comes after the Florida Department of Health identified that Zika virus is being spread by mosquitoes in Wynwood, an area in one neighborhood of Miami. CDC recently announced that pregnant women should not travel to this area and has issued new guidance for people who traveled to this area any time after June 15, 2016. This date represents the earliest time symptoms can start and the maximum 2-week incubation period for Zika virus.
CDC recommends that visitors to areas with Zika virus take special health precautions, particularly for pregnant women, their sexual partners, and individuals who may become pregnant. Zika virus has been linked to birth defects, including microcephaly.
“We know that Miami is a popular travel destination for Illinoisans and we urge all residents to follow updated CDC recommendations, given that it is now possible to contract Zika virus in the United States,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We want to make sure that people traveling to the Miami area have the facts so that they can protect themselves from becoming infected.”
Recommendations for pregnant women and their partners:
- Pregnant women should not travel to this area.
- Pregnant women and their partners traveling to this area should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
- Women and men who traveled to this area and who have a pregnant sex partner should use condoms or other barriers to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.
- Pregnant women who frequently travel to this area should be tested in the first and second trimester of pregnancy.
- Pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure and signs or symptoms of Zika virus should be tested for Zika virus.
- Pregnant women who traveled to or had unprotected sex with a partner that traveled to or lives in this area should talk to their health care provider and should be tested for Zika virus.
Couples thinking about getting pregnant
- Women with Zika should wait at least 8 weeks and men with Zika should wait at least 6 months after symptoms began before they try to get pregnant.
- Women and men who traveled to this area or other areas where Zika is being transmitted should talk to their providers before they try to get pregnant.
Upon returning to Illinois, travelers should take precautions to prevent the spread of Zika virus, even if they don’t think they have it. Travelers should watch for symptoms after returning home, call a health care provider immediately if they suspect Zika virus, use insect repellent for three weeks after travel, and use condoms during sex.
The public health community’s knowledge of Zika virus is evolving through this ongoing investigation. As more information becomes available, CDC will modify these recommendations and IDPH will continue to issue updates.
For more information, go to the IDPH website - http://www.dph.illinois.gov/diseases-and-conditions/zika-cdc.
Township Sprays to Reduce Mosquito Populations
The Stickney Public Health District is continuing its efforts against West Nile virus by spraying to kill adult mosquitoes throughout the Township. Spraying will begin in Stickney Township the week of June 27th and continue into the following week or until necessary to spray the entire Township.
More info here.
Wake Up Call Health Screening
The Little Company of Mary Health Education Center offers Wake Up Call Screenings one Saturday each month from 7:30 am-noon. This one hour comprehensive screening for stroke and heart attack could save your life! Includes CBC, chemistry panel, cholesterol panel, thyroid level, liver enzymes and more. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta and carotid arteries, peripheral vascular screening, heart rhythm screening for atrial fibrillation. NEW this year!!! Screening for metabolic syndrome. Includes personalized visit with the wellness nurse educator. Fee $155 (value $4,000). By appointment only. Payment required at time of registration. First appointment at 7:30 am. To register and for more information call 708 423-5774.
Animal Control Spring News
See our spring notes on what you can do to keep both your pets and the community safe and healthy.
More info here.
Important Announcement Concerning Phlebotomy Services
Stickney Public Health District is sorry to announce that it has discontinued phlebotomy services previously provided by MedStar. SPHD is actively seeking another company to partner with for these services. Please continue to watch this site for updates. Thank you for your understanding.
Stickney Public Health District is a Healthy Hotspot!
Healthy HotSpot partners are working together to support or advance policy, systems and environmental improvements to make healthy living easier in places where people live, work, learn, worship, play or receive health care in suburban Cook County.
Since 1946, the Stickney Public Health District has provided community-based public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. Our service area includes the City of Burbank, the Villages of Stickney and Forest View, unincorporated areas of Central Stickney and Nottingham Park, and parts of the Village of Bridgeview (east of Harlem Avenue). We are focused on making Stickney Township a healthy place to live and work.
Aligned with our mission, the Stickney Public Health District has goals to promote physical activity and healthy eating; reduce obesity; and decrease the level of untreated high blood pressure in our community. We work together with many partners --- community-based organizations, schools, senior homes to name a few – to develop and implement programs and initiatives that make healthy living easier for our residents.Visit the Cook County Public Health website for more information concerning the Healthy Hotspot program.
Community Health Improvement: Your Voice Counts and Your Opinion Matters
The Cook County Department of Public Health is asking suburban Cook County adults, ages 18 years and older, for information about conditions in our communities that support health. Conditions that support health include: affordable housing, health services, job opportunities, good schools, public transportation, recreation, community safety, and more.
Answering a few questions can help the health department and our partners improve your community's health. The survey takes about 15 minutes and is available in English and Spanish.
A Polish version can be found here.
Language Volunteer Program
Are you bi-lingual? Interested in helping others? Find out how you can volunteer to bridge the language barrier for those seeking public services. More on the Language Volunteer Program...
Need Vaccines? 19 Years or Older With No Insurance?
Adult Vaccines Available at No Cost! It is important that everyone, no matter what age, get vaccinated. Questions?
Contact Public Health Nursing staff 708-424-9200.
Diabetes Support Program Offered in collaboration with Little Company of Mary Hospital
One hour sessions starting at 10 A.M. on the second Tuesday of each month will be held at the South Stickney Public Health District Site, 5635 State Road, Burbank, IL.
This program is FREE of charge and open to Stickney Township Adults. Space is limited to 25 attendees. Call 708-424-9200, est. 2137 for more information or to reserve your seat today.