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Salad products recalled because of possible health risk

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ILLINOIS—The Kane County Health Department is alerting residents that Reser’s Fine Foods of Beaverton, Ore., is recalling approximately 109,000 cases of refrigerated ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The company announced that these products are being recalled in conjunction with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A full…

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Bat found in Batavia yard tests positive for rabies

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BATAVIA—A bat recently found in a Batavia yard tested positive for rabies. There was no human exposure. This is the first rabies-positive bat seen this year. One rabid bat was discovered last year, and one in 2011. Bats are the most common carrier of rabies in Illinois. Rabies affects the brain and will cause unnatural…

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Mosquitoes found in Elgin trap test positive for WNV

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department recently reported that a batch of mosquitoes collected in a trap in Elgin, Ill., tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the second time this summer a trap in northern Kane County yielded evidence of the disease. The first, a trap set in July near Algonquin, Ill., administered…

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West Physical Therapy’s guidelines for backpack safety

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KANE COUNTY—With the start of the new school year, West Physical Therapy would like to remind parents of safety needs for their child when carrying a backpack to school. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 24,000 people were treated in U. S. hospitals and doctors’ offices for backpack-related injuries in 2012, and…

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Scammers try to make Obamacare confusion an opportunity for identity theft

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CHICAGO—With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly labeled “Obamacare,” on the horizon, scammers are finding it to be the latest opportunity to steal people’s identities. “Scammers are calling consumers claiming they are eligible for health insurance cards in exchange for personal information,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business…

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Seafood products recalled due to possible health risk

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KANE COUNTY—The Kane County Health Department recently noted that Prime Food USA of New York is recalling Latis Brand Seafood Products due to confirmed and suspected contamination with listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can cause serious complications for pregnant women, such as stillbirth. Other problems can manifest in people with compromised immune systems. Listeria can also cause…

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Better Business Bureau: Don’t get scammed when donating to tornado victims

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CHICAGO—In the wake of a tragedy, scammers like to rise and take advantage of kind, giving people. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) is alerting consumers of the possibility of phony charity scams related to the Oklahoma tornado. “Tragedies bring people together and inspire many to help out by giving,” said…

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FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams to visit Kane County

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GENEVA—Beginning this week, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams (DSATs) will be in Kane County to provide information and provide residents affected by last month’s flooding with an opportunity to register for federal disaster assistance. These teams will be visiting homes, businesses and high-traffic locations in the affected areas providing support to disaster survivors directly in…

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Governor Quinn proclaims May as Older Americans Month in Illinois

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SPRINGFIELD—Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May as Older Americans Month in Illinois, and joins the Illinois Department on Aging to honor more than two million adults, aged 60 years or older, who live in the state. The governor’s proclamation coincides with the national observance of Older Americans Month. Since 1963, the observance each year…

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