Environmental Health
 
Environmental Health
18929 Lincoln Rd., Morrison, IL 61270
(815) 772-7411, ext. 104.
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Reporting of Foodborne or Waterborne Illness

Whiteside County residents who suffer from a sudden occurrence of acute gastroenteritis, and who suspect consumption of contaminated food or water to be the cause, are encouraged to report the incident to the Whiteside County Health Department.

Oftentimes individuals confuse food or waterborne illness with "stomach flu". Typical symptoms of foodborne or waterborne illnesses include nausea, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea. Symptoms may also include body aches, profuse sweating, fever, headache, lethargy and double vision.

Reporting is beneficial in a number of ways. Prompt reporting that implicates a retail food establishment may prevent additional cases of illness. By contacting the Health Department, valuable information will also be shared that may prevent the spread of the disease through secondary infection.

The Health Department staff can be reached at (815) 626-2230 (Infectious Diseases) or (815) 772-7411, ext. 104 (Environmental Health). Normal office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours callers may leave a message by following the recorded prompts.