TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER k: COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CONTROL AND IMMUNIZATIONS
PART 690 CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES CODE
SECTION 690.580 POLIOMYELITIS (REPORTABLE BY TELEPHONE IMMEDIATELY (WITHIN THREE HOURS) UPON INITIAL CLINICAL SUSPICION OF THE DISEASE)


 

Section 690.580  Poliomyelitis (Reportable by telephone immediately (within three hours) upon initial clinical suspicion of the disease)

 

a)         Control of Case

 

1)         Occurrence of a single case of poliomyelitis due to wild polio virus shall be recognized as a public health emergency, prompting immediate investigation and response.

 

2)         Standard precautions shall be followed.  Contact precautions shall be followed for diapered or incontinent persons or during institutional outbreaks for the duration of hospitalization.

 

b)         Control of Contacts

 

1)         Vaccination should begin for all susceptible contacts who have previously not been adequately immunized, even though these contacts may have already been infected.

 

2)         Susceptible contacts should be monitored for compatible symptoms for two weeks after date of last exposure.

 

c)         Laboratory Reporting

 

1)         Laboratories shall report to the local health authority patients who have a positive result on any laboratory test indicative of and specific for detecting polio virus infection.

 

2)         Laboratories shall forward clinical materials to the Department's laboratory for confirmation within 24 hours after preliminary findings.

 

3)         Laboratories shall report any request for polio testing as soon as possible, within three hours.

 

(Source:  Amended at 38 Ill. Reg. 5533, effective February 11, 2014)