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Emergency Planning




In An Emergency

If you believe that you have been exposed to a biological or chemical agent, or if you believe an intentional biological threat will occur or is occurring, please contact your local police or other law enforcement agency and/or your local health department.


What is the role of the McDonough County Health Department?

  • The McDonough County Health Department works cooperatively with state and local agencies to coordinate local response to a bioterrorism event. Preventing such an event is the job of law enforcement - The FBI, state and local police, and other law enforcement agencies.
  • If an incident should occur, the McDonough County Health Department together with other federal, state, and local emergency responder agencies have plans in place to minimize the risk and to assist treating those who may become ill.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health, working closely with the McDonough County Health Department and other local health departments, hospitals, laboratories, and law enforcement, medical community, and other federal and state agencies, has implemented an enhanced surveillance system that is constantly on guard for unusual clusters of disease. If a cluster is detected, public health is prepared to move quickly to identify the disease and its possible source. Public health information, treatment options and other advice would be provided to the public through the news media.
  • The McDonough County Health Department has a plan in place for mass immunizations and/or distribution of medications to ensure protection of persons exposed to biological agents.


Biological Agents


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