DeKalb County Health Department

5 Confirmed Cases Of Mumps At NIU

Feb 10, 2017
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The DeKalb County Health Department says there are five cases of mumps in Northern Illinois University students.

According to a news release, outbreaks have been common across college campuses in the past year. 

It says up to half of people who get mumps experience mild symptoms, so they may not know they're infected. 

Typical symptoms include swollen glands under the ears, fever, headache, and a loss of appetite; it can take up to 25 days for symptoms to appear in an exposed person. 

DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Board voted 18-6 toward putting a property tax hike on the ballot to fund public health.  

The Daily Chronicle reports the proposal would bring in about $500,000 per year through a property tax of $9.57 for every $100,000 of equalized assessed value.  For someone owning a $150,000, this would mean a yearly increase of about $15.  

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The DeKalb County Health Department issued an excessive heat warning until Sunday.

Health officials say the warning especially applies to children, the elderly and those with mental illness and chronic diseases. They also say to stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and to not leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle – even with the windows down or even for a few minutes.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Counties across northern Illinois are part of a state-wide test this week for distributing medical supplies in case of a public health emergency.

The mass dispensing plan required by the state will measure how quickly county public health systems can distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency. State health officials say it will simulate a bioterrorism attack, but similar tactics also can be applied for large-scale disease outbreaks.

Learning Health Insurance-Speak

Nov 6, 2013
WNIJ/Mike Moen

Despite technical obstacles, navigators are still helping people enroll into health-insurance marketplaces. In many communities, that includes helping those who speak little or no English. The northern Illinois region is no exception.

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