Environmental Health

Food handler training and information

Food safety is important. It protects you, customers, and coworkers, can prevent food borne illness, and it is REQUIRED BY LAW.

With the adoption of the FDA food code the person in charge (PIC) for all High Risk (Category 1) and all Medium Risk (Category 2) facilities will be required to have a Certified Food Protection Manager Certificate (CFPM) and be on duty all times food is handled, prepared and served. This certificate must be available at the time of inspection.

The Scott County Health Department offers food inspections and food service licensing.

Illinois Department of Public Health Food Safety Information

Water quality services

Private sewage disposal

Private well water testing services
E. coli/total coliform test kits are available for Scott County wells ONLY. Well water samples MUST be collected on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday and mailed the same day; failure to do so will result in specimen rejection by the state lab.

Potable water protection services
Permits to construct, modify, or abandon a water well

West Nile virus

Symptoms of a West Nile virus infection

  • Mild – Fever, headache, body aches, rash, swollen glands
  • Severe – High fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma

How to stop West Nile virus

  • Every 2-3 days drain water from outside pet dishes, garbage cans, buckets, flower pots, wading pools, bird baths, and other objects that collect water
  • Discard old tires and unused containers
  • Clean gutters
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling bins
  • Properly treat water in large pools and hole ponds

Keep mosquitos off

  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks
  • Wear light colored clothing
  • Keep window and door screens repaired

Use insect repellent properly

  • Use a product with DEET (up to 35-50% DEET for adults, no more than 10% for kids)
  • Do not use DEET for children under 2 years of age
  • Put repellent only on exposed skin and clothes (NOT near eyes, nose, mouth, cuts/irritated skin or children’s hands)
  • Wash exposed skin and clothes after coming indoors

How to report a dead bird

  • Reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, plays an important role in monitoring West Nile virus.
  • Found specimens may be tested only if the bird has been dead for less than 24 hours and there is no signs of decay.
  • It is free to report a dead bird.
  • If you discover a dead bird after 4pm Monday-Friday, refrigerate the bird or store on ice and call our office the next business day.