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Fight the Bite-May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Fight the Bite-May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) encourages the community to learn how to protect themselves from ticks and Lyme disease by “fighting the bite.” Lyme disease is an infection that individuals can get from the bite of infected ticks – and it is the most common vector-borne […]

DeKalb County Health Department Releases 2023 Annual Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DeKalb County Health Department Releases 2023 Annual Report We are pleased to present our fifty-seventh Annual Report which highlights the ways in which the DeKalb County Health Department works each and every day to improve health outcomes in our community. Many of the highlights in the 2023 Annual Report include local data […]

National Public Health Week Continues in DeKalb County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENational Public Health Week Continues in DeKalb County During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving […]

COVID-19 Cases Slowly Rising Across the State

For Immediate Release COVID-19 Cases Slowly Rising Across the State According to the latest Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news release, IDPH reported that COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses are rising across the State and forty-four Illinois Counties are now at elevated level for COVID-19. COVID-19 hospitalization rates have slowly started to rise in Illinois, and […]

Walk-in Flu Vaccines Available at the Health Department Beginning Monday, September 25th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Walk-in Flu Vaccines Available at the Health Department Beginning Monday, September 25th Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk […]

Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department

Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department The DeKalb County Health Department (DCHD) is reporting that this week mosquitoes collected in traps in all four locations, DeKalb, Genoa, Sandwich, and Sycamore have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).Earlier this summer, DCHD reported WNV positive mosquito samples and several counties have reported WNV positive […]

Positive Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Positive Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department The DeKalb County Health Department is reporting that mosquitoes collected in traps in DeKalb and Sandwich have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is in addition to Sycamore which had a positive test for WNV in July 2023. Several counties have […]

DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper DeKalb County Animal Control is advising pet owners to protect their pets from canine distemper. The department has seen an increase in cases of confirmed canine distemper virus found in raccoons and skunks tested after displaying abnormal […]

Family Planning Program Rolls Out Rapid Point-of-Care Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing

DATE:                    August 1, 2023 TO:                        DeKalb County News Media FROM:                  DeKalb County Health Department  Family Planning Program Rolls Out Rapid Point-of-Care Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing The DeKalb County Health Department now has Rapid Point-of Care Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing available. This new method of testing will allow clients to receive same-day or […]

Positive Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department

DATE:    July 25, 2023 TO:         DeKalb County News Media FROM:    DeKalb County Health Department   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Positive Mosquito Samples Reported by DeKalb County Health Department The DeKalb County Health Department is reporting that mosquitoes collected in traps in Sycamore have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first positive […]