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Posted on: October 16, 2014

No Ebola cases in McLean County

The McLean County Health Department finds it is necessary to quell rumors of an active Ebola case in the county.

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Posted on: October 3, 2014

Second McLean County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird collected in the 61704 zip code, east of Veterans Parkway in Bloomington, by the McLean County Health Department was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: October 3, 2014

McLean County confirms first rabid bat of 2014

A bat found outside a rural Heyworth home is McLean County’s first rabies-positive bat in 2014.

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Posted on: September 26, 2014

McLean County Health Department to host community flu clinics in October

In order to help protect the community by preventing the spread of influenza (flu), the health department is utilizing a more consumer-friendly approach designed to bring services closer or directly to people. Rural flu clinics will be held in October.

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Posted on: September 8, 2014

First McLean County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird collected in the town of Normal by the McLean County Health Department was confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: July 29, 2014

Reminder to parents: Schedule those back-to-school appointments

The health department advises parents to schedule children's back-to-school immunizations and dental exams before school begins in August. Also, keep in mind that the 2014-2015 school immunizations requirements changed to align with national standards.

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Posted on: July 29, 2014

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in McLean County

Mosquitoes collected in McLean County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The mosquito batch collected in the 61705 area, west of Bloomington, is the first positive evidence of WNV presence this year in the county.

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Posted on: July 11, 2014

MCHD recognized for Local Leadership and Volunteer of the Year awards

Personnel affiliated with the McLean County Health Department received recognition from the Illinois Department of Public Health on July 9 at the 2014 Integrated Public Health and Medical Preparedness Summit.

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Posted on: June 16, 2014

CookingMatters program provided through McLean County WIC

McLean County Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition, Education, and Supplemental Food Program (WIC) will provide grocery store tours to teach participants how to determine the nutrition value of foods, shop on a budget, & locate WIC-approved foods.

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Posted on: May 14, 2014

West Nile Virus Surveillance Underway

As temperatures warm and peak mosquito season approaches, surveillance efforts for West Nile Virus (WNV) are now underway in McLean County.

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Posted on: April 23, 2014

McLean County WIC celebrates 40 years of successful community health outcomes

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The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) WIC program is partnering with The Baby Fold to host a Fabulous 40 Family Fun Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in celebration of the National WIC 40th anniversary.

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Posted on: April 4, 2014

McLean County Health Department celebrates Public Health Week

The first full week of April is recognized as National Public Health Week to highlight the contributions of our nation’s public health system and focus on issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

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Posted on: February 7, 2014

Illinois Department of Public Health Warns of Buffalo Fish Causing Illness

The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning people who purchased buffalo fish from Fresh Farms International Market in Niles in Cook County after January 30, 2014, not to eat the fish.

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Posted on: January 31, 2014

Public kiosks available for Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment

The McLean County Health Department has two public computer kiosks available every Tuesday for individuals requiring minimal assistance with online enrollment.

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Posted on: January 3, 2014

McLean County Health Department accepts private health insurance

New in 2014, the McLean County Health Department accepts private health insurance for both adult and child immunizations.

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Posted on: December 23, 2013

Kera Brossette awarded Health Department 2013 Employee of the Year recognition

Public Health Communication Specialist Kera Brossette was chosen as the 2013 McLean County Health Department Alice J. Olsson Memorial Employee of the Year.

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Posted on: December 5, 2013

Affordable Care Act Outreach Event at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church

With the extension of the ACA enrollment deadline from Dec. 15 to Dec. 23 to receive health insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the MCHD partnered with Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, NAACP, and Walgreen’s Pharmacy to provide an informational event.

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Posted on: December 5, 2013

McLean County Board of Health presents 2013 Public Health Award

Mike McCurdy, news director of GLT Radio, was named the recipient of the 21st annual McLean County Public Health Award for furthering public health principles, practices and services of McLean County.

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Posted on: October 18, 2013

Second human case of West Nile Virus reported in McLean County

A McLean County man in his 40s tested positive with West Nile Virus (WNV) during hospitalization in early October. This is the second human WNV case in McLean County so far in 2013.

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Posted on: October 1, 2013

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in McLean County

A McLean County woman in her 80s tested positive with West Nile Virus (WNV) during hospitalization in mid-September.

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Posted on: September 27, 2013

Area agencies partner to provide Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace guidance

Community service agencies are combining efforts to enroll underinsured and uninsured residents of McLean County in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

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Posted on: September 13, 2013

Mosquitoes from fourth McLean County location test positive for West Nile Virus

A collection of mosquitoes in the Lake Bloomington area tested positive for West Nile Virus this week, the fourth location in McLean County with WNV-positive mosquitoes.

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Posted on: September 13, 2013

Bat activity and rabies exposure risk increases during fall season

The McLean County Health Department Animal Control advises citizens of increasing bat activity with the approach of autumn, which in turn increases possible human and animal exposure to rabies.

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Posted on: September 6, 2013

Mosquitoes from third McLean County location test positive for West Nile Virus

A collection of mosquitoes in the Ellsworth area has tested positive for West Nile Virus, the third location in McLean County with WNV-positive mosquitoes.

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Posted on: August 15, 2013

McLean County Health Department announces In-Person Counseling Program

The McLean County Health Department will provide education and consumer assistance designed to facilitate enrollment of county residents in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace through the In-Person Counseling Program, beginning Oct. 1.

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Posted on: August 14, 2013

Second McLean County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird collected in Bloomington by the McLean County Health Department has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: August 12, 2013

Mosquitoes from second location test positive for West Nile Virus in McLean County

A second McLean County location has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquitoes. A mosquito collection in Dale Township, just west of Bloomington, tested positive for WNV.

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Posted on: July 31, 2013

Schedule those back-to-school immunizations

In recognition of August as National Immunization Awareness Month, the McLean County Health Department advises parents to schedule children’s back-to-school immunizations, including the Tdap vaccine for all 6th through 12th grade students.

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Posted on: July 23, 2013

First McLean County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird collected in the town of Normal by the McLean County Health Department has been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: July 18, 2013

Breastfeeding Friends Fair during Breastfeeding Promotion Month

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn recognizes the importance of nursing mothers this year by declaring August 2013 as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Illinois, while the 5th Annual Breastfeeding Friends Fair continues to grow.

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Posted on: July 16, 2013

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in McLean County

Mosquitoes collected in McLean County tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The mosquito batch collected in Old Town Township, just east of Bloomington, is the first positive evidence of WNV presence this year in the county.

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Posted on: June 27, 2013

McLean County recognized for Volunteer of the Year award

Health Department Medical Reserve Corps member Dave Deitsch awarded IDPH Volunteer of the Year

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Posted on: June 10, 2013

McLean County confirms first rabid bat of 2013

A bat found inside a Bloomington home is McLean County’s first rabies-positive bat in 2013.

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Posted on: May 16, 2013

West Nile Virus Surveillance Underway

BLOOMINGTON – As temperatures warm and peak mosquito season approaches, surveillance efforts for West Nile Virus (WNV) are now underway in McLean County.

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Posted on: February 22, 2013

Health Department encourages community participation for smoke-free housing community

As part of the We Choose Health initiative, the McLean County Health Department is reaching out to local landlords and tenants of multi-unit housing facilities to encourage them to develop smoke-free policies.

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Posted on: December 21, 2012

Melissa Graven awarded Health Department Employee of the Year recognition

Communicable Disease Section Supervisor Melissa Graven was chosen as the 2012 McLean County Health Department Alice J. Olsson Memorial Employee of the Year.

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Posted on: December 21, 2012

Flu activity increases in McLean County

Hospitals and schools in McLean County report an increase in influenza-like illnesses, so the McLean County Health Department reminds citizens that the best protection from influenza is the seasonal flu shot.

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Posted on: December 2, 2012

Salmonella Stanley investigation continues in McLean County

With the support of the MCHD, the McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington will reopen for business following laboratory results that cleared employees to safely run the establishment and serve food to the public.

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Posted on: November 26, 2012

Salmonella investigation ongoing in cooperation with Illinois Department of Public Health

The McLean County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health are currently investigating a cluster of salmonella cases who reported eating at a variety of restaurants in Central Illinois from October 18 through November 11.

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Posted on: November 20, 2012

McLean County Health Department awards We Choose Health Grant recipients

McLean County Health Department will award funding from the We Choose Health Grant to nine agencies and organizations within McLean County.

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Posted on: November 15, 2012

Public Health Award presented to Michelle Maurer

Michelle Maurer, BSN, RN, ILCSN, was named the recipient of the 20th annual McLean County Public Health Award for furthering public health principles, practices and services in McLean County.

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Posted on: September 27, 2012

Community asked to join positive health efforts of We Choose Health

The health department will award $96,000 to established community coalitions to implement four components of We Choose Health: Coordinated School Health, Worksite Wellness, Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing, and Smoke-Free Public Places.

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Posted on: September 25, 2012

First human case of West Nile Virus reported in McLean County

A 73-year-old Bloomington man tested positive with West Nile Virus (WNV) during hospitalization in McLean County early September.

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Posted on: September 11, 2012

McLean County Health Department will not host public flu clinics

McLean County Health Department Director Walt Howe said the increasing availability of the seasonal flu vaccine from various sources in the community reduces the necessity that the health department administer the vaccines.

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Posted on: August 30, 2012

Two more McLean County birds test positive for West Nile Virus

Two birds collected in the city of Bloomington by the McLean County Health Department were confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: August 8, 2012

First McLean County bird tests positive for West Nile Virus

A bird collected in the town of Normal by the McLean County Health Department has been confirmed positive for West Nile virus by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Posted on: July 20, 2012

Breastfeeding Friends Fair reflects 20 years of world breastfeeding expansion

MCHD celebrates 20 years of breastfeeding expansion around the world with this year’s Breastfeeding Friends Fair titled “Coming Full Circle: A Celebration to Reflect, Inform & Empower,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 7.

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Posted on: July 2, 2012

McLean County Health Department reminds parents of the new Tdap requirement

The McLean County Health Department advises parents to schedule children’s back-to-school immunizations and physicals now to avoid the mid-August rush.

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Posted on: June 22, 2012

McLean County recognized for Creative Exercise and Volunteer of the Year

McLean County Disaster Council was recognized as recipient of the Creative Drill Award, and the Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to a McLean County volunteer during the 2012 Integrated Public Health and Medical Preparedness Conference.

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Posted on: June 8, 2012

McLean County confirms first rabid bat of 2012

BLOOMINGTON— A bat found inside of a home in Normal is considered McLean County’s first rabies positive bat in 2012.

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Posted on: May 29, 2012

Precautions can decrease animal activity and rabies risk this summer

McLean County Animal Control, a division of the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), advises citizens to protect themselves, their families and pets from roaming animals.

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Posted on: May 16, 2012

Local students’ anti-tobacco art displayed at ISU Gallery

The McLean County Health Department and University Galleries of Illinois State University are teaming up for the 10th year to share the anti-tobacco messages of McLean County youth.

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Posted on: April 26, 2012

Protect yourself from West Nile Virus this summer

Surveillance efforts for West Nile Virus are now underway in McLean County, as unseasonably warm weather brought mosquitoes out earlier this year.

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Posted on: February 23, 2012

Parents, don’t wait to vaccinate children for whooping cough (pertussis)

Starting in the 2012-2013 school year, all students entering, advancing or transferring into sixth grade and ninth grade will need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster for school in the fall. The pertussis booster is called “Tdap.”

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Posted on: October 24, 2011

Lead Poisoning Prevention

October 23-29 is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Lead poisoning is entirely preventable, yet 250,000 US children have elevated blood-lead levels.

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Posted on: October 17, 2011

National Health Education Week

Nine out of 10 Americans do not have the knowledge or skills to make informed healthcare decisions. The 2011 National Health Education Week is dedicated to addressing health literacy.

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Posted on: October 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Take your breast health into your heads and learn about early detection methods through free breast health programs available from MCHD.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011

Flu Ends with You: New Flu Shot Clinics

MCHD will hold flu clinics for both children and adults every Tuesday in October at the health department. Information on times and eligibility available on our flu page.

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Posted on: September 27, 2011

World Rabies Day

September 28 is World Rabies Day. Vaccinating pets and staying away from wildlife are vital ways to stop rabies transmission to humans.

Posted on: September 20, 2011

Public Health Award Nominations Sought

Do you know someone who has made a difference in the health of McLean County? If so, take a minute and nominate them for the 2011 Public Health Award.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011

Johnson Receives Red Ribbon Award

Congratulations to MCHD's Erin Johnson, who recieved the Opening the Door Red Ribbon Award at the Illinois Department of Public Health HIV/STD Conference for excellence in HIV counseling and care.

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Posted on: September 7, 2011

September is Preparedness Month

The best time to prepare for an emergency is before one hits. Are you prepared? Get a kit. Make a plan. Stay informed. Be involved.

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Posted on: August 23, 2011

2011 Flu Season

Flu season is just around the corner. The #1 way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. The McLean County Health Department has clinics scheduled for elligible individuals.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011

August 1-7th is World Breastfeeding Week. Learn about all of the resources available to help you and baby successfully breastfeed.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day

One in 12 people worldwide live with viral hepatitis. Many don't know they have it. Learn more about this liver disease.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011

Heat Wave 2011

Due to extreme temperatures, Cooling Centers have opened in McLean County.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011

National HIV Testing Day

25% of people with HIV in the US do not know they're infected. Take the test. Take control.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011

McLean County Wins Two Emergency Preparedness Awards

McLean County was recognized with two Director's Awards at the Illinois Public Health Emergency Preparedness Summit.

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