Report Diseases & Conditions
Mandated reporters, such as health care providers, schools and childcare facilities, hospitals and laboratories, by law must report suspected or confirmed cases of certain infectious diseases electronically through Illinois’ National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (I-NEDSS). If they do not have access to I-NEDSS, they can report by mail, telephone or fax to the Kankakee County Health Department
The following must be reported immediately by phone:
Report a disease by one of the following methods:
Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious and potentially life-threatening disease transmitted through the air. While it can affect any part of the body (such as the brain, the kidneys or the spine), TB usually affects the lungs. When first infected with the TB germ, people usually do not feel sick or have any symptoms, which is latent TB infection. However, they may develop active TB disease in the future, so treating the infection is important. Tuberculosis once was the leading cause of death in the United States; today in Illinois, less than 30 deaths a year are attributed to tuberculosis and the number of cases in the state has fallen more than 40 percent in the past 10 years. There are between one and four cases of active TB in Kankakee County each year.
Rabies is a deadly disease that can affect all mammals, and is found in all states, except Hawaii. People usually are exposed to the rabies virus when an infected animal bites them. Exposure may occur if the animal's saliva enters an open cut or mucous membrane (nose, mouth, eyes). The most common carrier of rabies in Illinois are bats. The presence of a bat in a home, or any contact with a bat, represents a possible hazard for rabies. Contact the Kankakee County Health Department immediately if there has been human or pet mammal exposure to a bat. Rabies vaccine may be needed.
What you can do to reduce your risk:
All healthcare providers are required to report animal bites to the Kankakee County Animal Control.