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Review inspections of food service establishments in Peoria County.
You can view a list of classes on the state health website.
You can visit our food-borne illness information on the food-borne illness page. Also, more information regarding food-borne illness can be obtained by visiting the FDA website.
In the event of a food-borne illness outbreak, the Environmental Health Department, in conjunction with the Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Departments, investigate the cause of the outbreak and how to prevent future outbreak. A food service establishment must close if there is no way to prevent future outbreaks in a timely matter.
The public contacts the department regarding the unsafe practices of a food service establishment. To file a complaint, contact the Environmental Health Department at 309-679-6161, or by email.
In such cases, the problem will be investigated to find the source of the illnesses and help the operator correct the issue. If the problem is an imminent health hazard and cannot be easily fixed, the food service establishment has to be closed until the problem can be eliminated.
A 72 hour food history (including beverages, where consumed, time consumed, etc.) will assist with the investigation and can help identify a potential outbreak by linking other food-borne illness complaints.Examples of other questions that will be asked about include the source of the drinking water, travel, pets, caring for children/adults with diapers, and recreational water exposure (i.e. water parks, rivers, creeks, etc.).
When a food-borne illness complaint is received, the problem will be investigated to find the source of the illness and help the operator correct the issue. If the problem is an imminent health hazard and cannot be easily fixed, the food service establishment has to be closed until the problem can be eliminated.
No, you would need to refer to the Radon page on the IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) website or Department of Nuclear Safety. You may also purchase a radon test kit at your local home improvement store.
There are no standards or regulations for mold enforcement in the State of Illinois. Some useful links for more information include:
You can follow this information if a small amount of mercury is spilled (dime size or smaller amount).
You can view the homeowner onsite wastewater educational program online.
No, the Health Department only inspects newly permitted systems or complaints. Real estate inspections are to be done by a licensed and registered private sewage disposal system contractor.
No, the Health Department only inspects newly permitted wells or complaints. Real estate inspections are to be done by a licensed and registered private well contractor.
Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that affect the intestinal tract causing gastroenteritis illness. This group of viruses has been also referred to as caliciviruses and Norwalk-like viruses. These viruses are an important cause of gastrointestinal illness throughout the United States, including Illinois.
Many of the noroviruses cause similar symptoms that usually occur between 24 hours and 48 hours after exposure. They include the following:
Symptoms typically last 24 hours to 60 hours and subside on their own. There are no known long-term effects after recovery from this infection.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least half of all food-borne outbreaks of gastroenteritis can be attributed to noroviruses. Some studies indicate that more than 60 percent of the U.S. population is exposed to one or more of these viruses by the age of 50. Noroviruses are highly contagious and can spread easily from person to person.
Humans are the only source for these viruses. These viruses do not multiply outside the human body. The viruses are present in the feces of infected persons and can be transmitted to others when hands are not thoroughly washed after having a bowel movement.
When an infected person who did not wash hands after toileting handles food that is not later cooked, others who eat the food can become infected. Heating foods to cooking temperatures kills these viruses. People also can be infected by drinking water contaminated by sewage containing one of these viruses or by consuming ice made from contaminated water.
Unless thoroughly cooked, shellfish (such as oysters) harvested from waters containing sewage can transmit the viruses. These viruses also are transmitted readily from person to person when hands are not washed after toileting. There is some evidence that the viruses can be transmitted by aerosolized vomit or contact with objects contaminated with fecal material.
Food handlers should practice careful handwashing after toileting and before food preparation. Food handlers should not have bare hand contact with ice. Persons involved in food preparation who have symptoms of gastroenteritis should be restricted from work until they no longer have diarrhea.
Water supplies should be protected from the risk of contamination by sewage. Plumbing in dwellings and business establishments should be constructed with no cross-connections to prevent sewage from entering the drinking water supply.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs but can attack any part of the body such as kidney, spine or brain. The bacteria can be treated with antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.
TB is spread through the air from one person to another when the infected person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings. People nearby may breathe in the bacteria and become infected. Most individuals that are infected with TB will never develop active disease.
A tuberculin skin test (TST) is a screening test that is an injection of a small amount of testing fluid (tuberculin PPD) into the inner surface of the forearm. After you receive a TST, you will need to return in 2 to 3 days, so the nurse can check your arm to read your test.
The nurse will look and feel for any measurable swelling in the area of the injection. The most common reasons adults may need a TST are for employment exams or school requirements.
When your skin test is read, your evaluation will include a discussion of your risk factors and symptoms for TB infection and disease. You will be referred back to your doctor for follow up care. Since the skin test is a screening test to see if you have had TB at some time in your life, your doctor may order additional tests to determine if TB is active now or is a past infection.