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Working to protect the health and safety of McHenry County Residents by planning for and responding to public health emergencies
Emergency preparedness means being ready if a disaster strikes. It is important to know what we can expect and how we will respond to a disaster before it happens. McHenry County Department of Health is preparing for a prompt and effective response to a variety of public health emergencies. By working with our community partners, we can respond to natural or manmade events. We are committed to protecting our residents by:
Within this site you will find information and resources to learn more about potential threats facing McHenry County and how you can prepare for these threats. Every citizen has a role in emergency preparedness and can do something to make their families safer, stronger and ready to face a disaster. Even a small amount of preparation can make a huge difference. Being prepared for an emergency saves lives - make it a priority!
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Novel Influenza A- H7N9
On April 1, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) first reported 3 human infections with a new influenza A (H7N9) virus in China. Since then, additional cases have been reported. Most reported cases have severe respiratory illness and, in some cases, have died. At this time, no cases of H7N9 outside of China have been reported. The new H7N9 virus has not been detected in people or birds in the United States.
To keep up to date on this novel flu virus, click here to visit the CDC webpage
New outbreaks happen every day and CDC’s disease detectives are on the front lines, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people. When a new outbreak happens, disease detectives are sent in to figure out how outbreaks are started, before they can spread. In our new, free iPad app, you get to Solve the Outbreak.
Perfect for teens, young adults, and public health nerds of all ages, Solve the Outbreak is a great way to take the study of epidemiology outside the classroom.
When it comes to emergencies, plan early and you will be thinking clearly. Click here to learn how you can GET READY!