* From the Illinois Department of Public Health…
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2016. Douglas County Health Department employees collected the blue jay on May 20, 2015, in Arcola Township.
* Also from IDPH…
Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing. Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.
* But isn’t this a far worse threat to public health?…
* Memorial Day weekend closes with 69 shot in Chicago, many of them on West Side
* 6 dead, 63 wounded in Memorial Day weekend shootings: Six people were killed, including a 15-year-old girl, and at least 63 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago over Memorial Day weekend.
* 69 shot over 76 hours: A look at every shooting over holiday weekend
* Thugs stalk couple at lakefront, ends in woman’s death
* 17-year-old boy shot in Little Village
* Holiday violence: ‘Every time you look up, it’s a shooting, it’s an innocent’
* Man, teen charged with string of North Side robberies: A man and teenage boy have been charged with committing four armed robberies in just over an hour this weekend on the North Side.
* Man, 29, stabbed on CTA bus
And that’s just a few of them. There’s more. Lots more.
* If we weren’t so insane in this state, we’d have an urgently coordinated response to this disaster.
So, no offense at all to IDPH. They have a tough job to do and they seem to be doing it well. But I’m far less worried about West Nile and rabies (and the 2014 campaign “issue” of Ebola) than I am about the future of my state’s largest city.
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