Friday, May 18, 2018

TB case at Belvidere North


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Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s deadliest diseases:
  • One fourth of the world’s population is infected with TB.
  • In 2016, 10.4 million people around the world became sick with TB disease. There were 1.7 million TB-related deaths worldwide.
  • TB is a leading killer of people who are HIV infected.

A total of 9,272 TB cases (a rate of 2.9 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2016. This is a decrease from the number of cases reported in 2015 and the lowest case count on record in the United States. The case rate of 2.9 per 100,000 persons is a 3.6% decrease from 2015. While the United States continues to make slow progress, current strategies are not enough to reach the goal of TB elimination in this century.

CDC estimates that about 14% of U.S. TB cases with genotype data are attributed to recent transmission. Distinguishing the numbers of cases attributed to recent transmission from those likely due to reactivation of longstanding, untreated latent TB infection is one of many tools state and local TB programs can use to design and prioritize effective public health interventions.

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Boone County Health Department

5 hrs · (approximately 3PM, May 18, 2018)

There has been a diagnosed case of Tuberculosis (TB) at Belvidere North High School. Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that is transmitted from an ill person to others through the air. People who are in direct and prolonged contact with the ill person and share the same airspace for a prolonged period of time can become infected with the germ (bacteria) that causes TB.

You can only get infected by breathing in TB germs that a person coughs into the air. You cannot get TB from someone’s clothes, drinking glass, eating utensils,
handshake, toilet, or other surfaces where a TB patient has been.

Skin testing for every student attending Belvidere North High School is not necessary. Students and staff who have come in direct and prolonged contact in the classroom setting are considered school contacts that need to have a TB skin test. Those students and staff received a letter about their need for a skin test. We will be taking appointments for skin tests for the targeted students and staff on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 815-544-9730 for more information.

Recent Actions of Boone County Board (as reported on Facebook)

  • Cathy Ward

    Yesterday at 6:17am ·

    BOONE COUNTY NEWS - In a nutshell, the majority of the board last night gave preliminary approval to two solar projects (still a few more hurdles, but a positive feeling) and the majority gave raises to our county clerk position and our county treasure position. The clerk's salary is now $83,343 and the treasurer's salary is now $76,098. The raises would be 1%, 1%, 2%, 2% over the next four years, (6%) plus they get an extra $6,500 from the state each year, plus benefits. Those positions are now held by Julie Stapler and Curt Newport. Both are running for re-election. Sheriff Dave Ernest, who could also have been given a raise, had told our finance committee he would be happy to say at the same salary, about $117,000 per year. By a narrow vote, the majority of the board kept Sheriff Ernest's salary the same. Thanks to Dave. He understands the seriousness of our financial picture. Only board members Jeff Carlisle, Brad Stark and me consistently argued and voted against the raises. Before the referendum, some board members said we would be in dire straits if the referendum did not pass, suggesting we would need deep cuts. Since it failed, I believe that was a message from our taxpayers to hold the line. Not all board members agreed.Thoughts on both solar and raises?

  • And what about solar?

  • William Randall The Boone County Board proposed a text amendment to establish what some consider protections for the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens concerning potential solar farm developments. This text amendment was sent through planning and to the ZBA where I attended hearings as evidence was presented and then the case vanished from the agendas, without a vote. The County and City of Belvidere decided to lease the Rt 76 landfill for solar development, however, the project would be a no-go if the new text amendment rules on setbacks were adopted. The County Administrator all but scolded the board at a previous board meeting because they were compromising his "good faith" negotiations with the solar developer by pressing forward with the text amendment. Mr. Newhouse told him if the board approves the landfill development special use before they vote on the text amendment it is a moot point. I wonder when this text amendment will reappear? Perhaps the day after the special use permit for the landfill is filed thus grandfathering them under the old rules? What's good for the goose, is good for the gander, certainly does not apply in Boone County.

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    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Boone County considering increase in pay for elected officials


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    Narcan Training in Boone County


    Boone County Health Department combats overdoses with free Narcan training classes


    Updated: May 15, 2018 06:17 PM CDT

    BOONE COUNTY - Heroin overdoses in Boone County are at an all-time high and the County's health department is making sure residents stay prepared to help anyone battling addiction by holding classes to teach how to use the life-saving drug Narcan.

    First responders see no signs of the opioid epidemic slowing down. "It could happen anywhere," said Narcan instructor, Brandice Howell. "It could happen on the street, it could happen to your friend, your family member. It could happen to you."
    Police and Fire volunteers and employees at the Boone County Health Department are among those receiving a crash course on how to use Narcan, a drug that is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

    The course not only teaches how to administer the drug - as a nasal spray - but also educates the public on how the opioid crisis is affecting everyone, even children.

    "We have addicts and they have children, so a kid could get into their cabinet and find a pill on the floor," Howell said. "Anyone can overdose."

    Leon Krause volunteers for the Belvidere Police Department. One man's story inspired him to attend the training.

    "I was talking to my daughter about this and the guy sitting next to me says do it -- he says it saved [his] life and he went through his life experience with what he had and he just blew me away," Krause said.

    For some, learning about different drugs such as prescription painkillers and illegal drugs like heroin, which can each cause an overdose, is the first step to understanding the epidemic.

    Rodney Kampfrenz, a Boone County Emergency Management Volunteer, said, "I learned a lot about the opioids and all the other drugs, and the fentanyl, and the effects of it."

    The Boone County Health Department is a resource for addicts to seek help and train on Narcan.

    Boone County's Health Administrator said, "We have an organized community effort now that we need to put forward and address this issue, no matter what the circumstances of the individual, who is addicted, is dealing with."

    There are several more free classes for those who wish to receive the training, including one Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Boone County Health Department.

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    Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Trump tells Commerce Department to help Chinese company

    Associated Press

    Trump tells Commerce Department to help Chinese company

    10 hrs ago

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday he has instructed his Commerce Department to help get a Chinese telecommunications company "back into business" after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers.

    At issue is that department's move last month to block the ZTE Corp., a major supplier of telecoms networks and smartphones based in southern China, from importing American components for seven years. The U.S. accused ZTE of misleading American regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran.

    ZTE, which has more than 70,000 employees and has supplied networks or equipment to some of the world's biggest telecoms companies, said in early May that it had halted its main operations as a result of the department's "denial order."

    Trump, who has taken a hard line on trade and technology issues with Beijing, tweeted on Sunday that he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping "are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done!"

    ZTE has asked the department to suspend the seven-year ban on doing business with U.S. technology exporters. By cutting off access to U.S. suppliers of essential components such as microchips, the ban threatens ZTE's existence, the company has said.

    During recent trade meetings in Beijing, Chinese officials said they raised their objections to ZTE's punishment with the American delegation, which they said agreed to report them to Trump.

    The U.S. imposed the penalty after discovering that Shenzhen-based ZTE, which had paid a $1.2 billion fine in the case, had failed to discipline employees involved and paid them bonuses instead.

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    Friday, May 11, 2018

    FBI to take over investigation of RAEDC employee accused of financial misconduct

    FBI to take over investigation of RAEDC employee accused of financial misconduct

    Updated: May 10, 2018 05:07 PM CDT

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    ROCKFORD - Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato announced at a press conference on Thursday that the investigation into an employee of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council for financial misconduct has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The Rockford Area Economic Development Council's CEO and President Nathan Bryant previous announced that Vice President of Operations, Leilani Hillis, was the employee suspected of embezzlement at a press conference last Thursday.

    Hillis, an 18-year veteran of the company, is suspected of siphoning off $500,000 over the course of 10 years.

    Discrepancies in the company's financial record were discovered by a routine audit. Prior to this, Hillis had overseen the auditing process, which allegedly allowed her to cover up her crimes.

    Hillis's employment with the company has been terminated.

    "We are disheartened and disturbed by this discovery and are committed to doing everything in our power to maintain the trust and respect of our public and private investors, partners and community," Bryan said in an earlier press release.

    The city of Rockford contributes $150,000 dollars a year to RAEDC. Mayor Tom McNamara says the alleged misuse of public funds was disappointing, but believes the organization will continue to attract jobs and industry to the area.

    "We don't need something like this to weaken their focus and I don't think that's going to happen. I'm encouraged again by the quick response of their board," he said. Winnebago County also makes a contribution of $100,000 dollars to RAEDC annually.

    Wednesday, May 9, 2018

    Europe may “block” sanctions on Iran as it did 20 years ago

    Trump's Iran nuclear deal exit may spark a sanctions battle with Europe that Uncle Sam already lost once

    • The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal threatens to reopen a long-dormant dispute over Iranian sanctions between the United States and Europe.
    • The last time Europe and the United States went head-to-head on the issue, the sitting U.S. president was forced to back down.
    • Analysts warn the EU could once again threaten to use so-called blocking statutes to prohibit European companies from complying with U.S. sanctions.

    Tom DiChristopher | @tdichristopher

    Published 4 Hours Ago Updated 1 Hour Ago

    President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, May 9, 2018.

    Trump talks Iran and North Korea at cabinet meeting   1 Hour Ago | 01:58

    President Donald Trump's move to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and restore sanctions on Tehran threatens to reopen a long-dormant dispute with Europe and inflame trade tensions with the Continent, analysts and sanctions experts warn.

    History is not on Trump's side. The last time America and Europe went head-to-head over Iranian sanctions, Europe pushed back and the United States was forced to back down.

    Market watchers are now questioning whether the European Union will deploy the same legislative weapons it used 20 years ago, when the Clinton administration threatened sanctions against European companies. In response, the EU passed so-called blocking statutes that prohibited European companies from complying with U.S. sanctions, giving them cover to continue with business as usual.

    "It is going to be nightmarish to convince the Europeans to back our sanctions effort now without them actually being supportive of it politically." -Richard Nephew, former lead sanctions expert for the Obama administration

    Then as now, the Europeans had a lot to lose. The EU is one of the largest markets for Iranian petroleum products. European multinationals like French oil major Total and aircraft maker Airbus have announced billions of dollars in deals since sanctions ended in 2016.

    The EU could use the blocking statutes to protect these companies if Trump threatened sanctions, EU Ambassador to the United States David O'Sullivan said last year.

    The result of the late 90s standoff was a sort of cold war that simmered for a decade, in which the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations kept the sanctions on the books, but did not enforce them for fear of sparking a trade war with Europe. But it remains to be seen whether Trump, a president prone to brinkmanship and trade tariffs, would also back down.

    "We have seen Britain, France, Germany and indeed Iran pledge themselves to keep the agreement going. I think what we've done here is just open the door to what will be a pretty tumultuous period ahead," said former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, a diplomat who has served in several Republican and Democratic administrations.

    "It may result in some other options or modifications that would ease all of this. It may not. But it's going to be playing out over a number of weeks before we can really measure what happens,

    President Donald Trump (R), French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) chat at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

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    President Donald Trump (R), French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) chat at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.

    " he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday.

    Iran deal fallout will take weeks to measure, former ambassador says   7 Hours Ago | 05:44

    Relations with Europe are already frayed over Trump's threat to slap tariffs on the Continent's goods and his withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. The president's nuclear deal exit will "amplify the crisis in trans-Atlantic relations" and prod France and Germany to look for ways to fire back, according to risk consultancy the Eurasia Group.

    "These nations and other U.S. allies now facing renewed sanctions will both explore U.S. intentions on implementation and at the same time consider adopting blocking legislation and/or other ways of hitting back at the Washington," Eurasia Group analysts said in a briefing Tuesday.
    In pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, Trump ignored the pleas of European leaders and announced his administration would immediately restore the full range of sanctions against Iran that were in force prior to 2016. That means European companies cannot enter into new business deals with Iran and must wind down existing contracts in three to six months.

    Immediately afterward, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany — as well as Iran's president — said they would try to preserve the deal without the United States. The European leaders called on Trump not to take any action that would get in the way of that goal.

    But that is exactly what U.S. sanctions would do. In order for the U.S. sanctions to be successful, European companies must stop doing business with Iran. And if European companies stop doing business with Iran, the nuclear deal will almost certainly collapse.

    US to re-impose sanctions on Iran

    US to re-impose sanctions on Iran   8 Hours Ago | 02:19

    "This is back to 1997," said Richard Nephew, the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team that negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.

    "It is going to be nightmarish to convince the Europeans to back our sanctions effort now without them actually being supportive of it politically," he said.

    The EU and United Nations only got on board with sanctions beginning in 2006 after evidence surfaced that Iran was running a secret nuclear weapons research program.

    Those sanctions led to years of painstaking negotiation among Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. The talks culminated in the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its nuclear activity and submitting to international inspections.

    European cooperation was critical to the success of the nuclear sanctions. Reductions in Iranian oil purchases from Europe alone accounted for half of the drop of roughly 1.4 million barrels a day in Iranian crude exports.

    That action also came swiftly. The EU adopted sanctions in 2012 that curtailed all purchases of Iranian oil by member countries within six months.

    Could be unintended consequences for energy trading with Iran deal exit, says expert   6 Hours Ago | 08:05

    "There are critical differences between where we are today and where we were then," said Amos Hochstein, who coordinated Iran oil sanctions for the Obama administration.

    "The first and most important is that Europe is not following with their own embargo, their own sanctions on energy, which means that for the first part of the sanctions implementation, you won't have this big takeoff of Iranian oil — 650,000 barrels — that will come off the market even if the European companies do comply," Hochstein told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Wednesday.

    U.S. law allows countries to continue buying Iranian oil so long as their home country significantly cuts overall crude imports from Iran. The Obama administration asked countries to reduce oil supplies by 20 percent every six months.

    If the Trump administration follows that model and European countries do the bare minimum to comply with the sanctions, it would take six years to shrink European purchases to zero, Nephew estimated in a recent report.

    It is possible that another event could head off a trade dispute between Europe and the United States. Iran could grow frustrated and abandon the deal.

    Europe and the United States could also find a face-saving way to revise the nuclear deal. Trump's demands include placing permanent restrictions on Iran's nuclear activity, expanding inspections, sanctioning its ballistic missile program and addressing its role in Middle East conflicts.

    Some analysts say that is simply too much for the Europeans to concede.

    "We're asking for the moon across a whole range of activities and we're giving them very, very little," Nephew said. "I can't believe that that's not going to backfire at some point."

    Tom DiChristopher CNBC

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