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  • Solar Eclipse

    Check out the PDF for Health And Safety Tips For The Eclipse

    Looking at the sun when it is partially eclipsed is unsafe. Make sure you are protected while witnessing this once in a lifetime event.

  • Mosquito Bites

    Clark County Health Department offers tips to guard against mosquito bites.

    As we enter mosquito season, the Clark County Health Department is encouraging residents to focus on mosquito prevention.  The Clark County Health Department is advising homeowners to focus on reducing their exposure to mosquitoes by making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, keeping doors and windows shut, and to eliminate or refresh sources of standing water on a weekly basis.  This includes bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires, and other containers where standing water can accumulate.  The Clark County Health Department also offers free mosquito larvicide that can be safely applied to standing water containers (rain barrels, koi ponds, bird baths, etc)  that will prevent mosquito larva from reaching the adult “biting” mosquito phase of its life cycle.  This larvicide is called Natular DT and is considered safe for humans, pets, birds, fish, and plants.  For more information, please feel free to contact the Clark County Health Department at 217-382-4207.

  • Summer Feeding Program

    Summer Meals will be starting May 30th 2017 from 9:00AM to 11:00 AM All Children 18 and under ~Available to all families. This will be held at the Community building in Martinsville.   Call 217-382-4207  or 618-553-7580 and speak Karie for more information 

  • Tick Season Is Here!

    Health Department warns residents to protect themselves against ticks and disease

     The Clark County Health Department is warning residents to take precautions against ticks and the diseases they carry.

     Ticks can transmit a number of diseases through a bite. Ticks live in and near wooded areas, tall grass and brush and, if infected, can spread various diseases, including ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia. The ticks, often no bigger than a pin head, become active and can spread disease any time of the year when the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or more at ground level. Ticks, which have sticky pads on their feet, wait in ankle-high grass and other low vegetation for a human, a dog or another animal to pass by.

    The best way to protect yourself against tickborne illnesses is to avoid tick bites by taking the following precautions:

    • Check your clothing often for ticks climbing toward open skin. Wear white or light-colored long-sleeved shirts and long pants so the tiny ticks are easier to see.
    • Tuck long pants into your socks and boots. Wear a head covering or hat for added protection.
    • Apply insect repellent containing DEET (30 percent or less) to exposed skin (except the face). Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. If you do cover up, use repellents for clothing containing permethrin to treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) while in locations where ticks may be common. Follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents.
    • Always supervise children in the use of repellents.
    • Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you.
    • “Tick Checks” are an important method of preventing tickborne diseases. In areas where ticks may be present, be sure and check yourself, children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks. Most ticks seldom attach quickly and rarely transmit tickborne disease until they have been attached for four or more hours.
    • If you let your pets outdoors, check them often for ticks. Infected ticks also can transmit disease to them. (Check with your veterinarian about preventive measures against tickborne diseases.) You are at risk from ticks that "hitch a ride" on your pets but fall off in your home before they feed.
    • Remove any tick promptly. Do not try to burn the tick with a match or cover it with petroleum jelly or nail polish. Do not use bare hands. The best way to remove a tick is to grasp it with fine-point tweezers as close to the skin as possible and gently, but firmly, pull it straight out. Do not twist or jerk the tick. If tweezers are not available, grasp the tick with a piece of cloth or whatever can be used as a barrier between your fingers and the tick. You may want to put the tick in a jar of rubbing alcohol labeled with the date and location of the bite in case you seek medical attention and your physician wishes to have the tick identified.
    • Wash the bite area and your hands thoroughly with soap and water, and apply an antiseptic to the bite site.
    • Keep your grass mowed and keep weeds cut around your home.
    • Know the symptoms of tickborne disease and consult with your physician if you have a rash or unexplained fever with flu-like illness (without a cough) during the month following a tick bite - these can be symptoms of a tickborne disease.

    More information about ticks, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and tularemia is available on the Illinois Department of Public Health Web site, http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hbhome.htm

  • Solar Eclipse

    • 08/07/2017 - 13:40
  • Mosquito Bites

    • 05/31/2017 - 13:19
  • Summer Feeding Program

    • 05/23/2017 - 09:02
  • Tick Season Is Here!

    • 04/12/2017 - 11:02

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