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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836 Walter Payton dies at age 45 of a rare liver disease Page Bl Ouisine mmtt Chef Richard Perry at 10th annual Cooking School Page Cl Mostly windy and cold High low 27 A family touch comes to the area PageD6 Page Dl 50 cents November 1999 Home main source for hepatitis A By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The Madison County Health Department has recorded 55 cases of hepatitis A so far this but none of the cases has been connected to food handling at Personal health services manager Debra Tscheschlok said the county has seen an increase in reported cases of the but she said the family home more often is the place where hepatitis A is A common occurrence is within a home where there are diapered chil dren and where meals are being pre Tscheschlok Busy parents may change a dia grab a ringing telephone and rush to make forgetting to wash their hands or washing their hands Weve also had several cases in 1999 that seem to be linked to area day care Tscheschlok Its hard to trace the origin of hepatitis The county health specialist said no matter what the potential source is of the warding it off with thorough handwashing is the best With all the information out there on hepatitis the important thing to know is that the vaccination is not a replacement for personal Tscheschlok Despite recent incidents of report ed hepatitis A involving restaurant and bar workers in Louis and a Pizza Hut employee in Granite Madison County health officials have not traced any transmissions of hepatitis A from Madison County restaurant or bar employees to their Alton Memorial Hospital infection control nurse Virginia Ilch said these latest incidents likely will spark a learning curve for restaurant and bar operators whose employees currently are not using disposable At the our food service handlers have been wearing gloves for a long Ilch This is going to be a hard thing for food han dlers to learn and for restaurant operators to continue to train since theres such a high employee turnover in the The state of Illinois does not require eatery employees to don gloves while interacting with ready toeat But Carl chief of communicable diseases for the Illinois Public Health said there are state guidelines recom mending food service employee behavior thats in the publics best For employees are not supposed to work in aiiy food han dling capacity when they have any sort ol1 gastrointestinal Langkop Were also asking that food handlers trim their finger nails Gloves can be a good bar rier to prevent the spread of hepatitis but only if they are used If a clean glove touches raw meat and then touches readyioeat contamination See Page A7 A nurse at Alton Memorial Hospital holds a preloaded disposable syringe with the hepatitis A Handwashing best defense against hepatitis A By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer Local medical professionals and educators are emphasizing the importance of personal particularly in light of the appearance of cases of hepatitis first in then in Granite Hepatitis A is spread through a fecaloral which means it can be spread if someone uses the then touches food or their mouth without cleansing their hands The best way of preventing its spread is through proper said Paula registered nurse assistant administrator with the Madison County Health If people would simply wash their it would limit the Local school healthcare personnel have incorporated the lessons of personal hygiene into the classroom lessons of most area elementary In the Alton School a presenta tion about proper handwashing is done in each kindergarten through fifthgrade classroom each We use several different methods to teach the lesson of whether through example or demonstrations or videos or said Sandy certified school nurse for Horace Godfrey and McKinley Teachers also encourage pupils daily to wash their hands after using the restroom and before and these daily admonitions have increased in significance since the recent out breaks of Hepatitis See Page A7 Roxana hires former fire chief as consultant By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA The Roxana Village Board took a major step Monday night toward resolving the confusion sur rounding the status of its fire In action following an exec utive the board voted 51 in favor of a multipart ordinance accepting Fire Chief Terry Fords resignation and hiring him as a temporary The new which was presented in two separate resulted in unanimous approval from board trustees on the provision pertaining to Fords said Leonard village attor With trustee Jim Loyd cast ing the nay vote in the 51 the following ordinance provisions were approved that the board will estab as of the tempo See Page A7 Gazebo dedicated to deceased employees Good Morning Bulletin Ann Zipprich By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY admin family members and for mer pupils gathered Monday after noon beneath the trees in front of Johnson Early Childhood Center to pay tribute to the short lives and early deaths of two for mer staff More than 40 people shared laughter and embraces as they dedicated a butterfly garden to the memory of Mary Ann Richey and a gazebo to the memo ry of Penny Sue a classroom assistant at the died of cancer in August and secretary at the was killed in an automobile crash in We suffered a tremendous loss in those two and we needed some said Mary director of the Early Childhood Family members of both Fay and Richey attended the outdoor ceremony at the I think its absolutely beauti Tom Penny Sues hus said about the wooden gaze I think its absolutely wonder ful what theyve although Penny would be embarrassed by all the She was very dedi cated to and she wanted every child to have the same learning and this is something that will be used by A bronze plaque in the which stands next to the butterfly garden in front of dedicates the structure to the lov ing memory of Penny Sue Even though her name was she was worth a million to and she still Hentrich Tim Mary Anns hus said he felt the butterfly gar den was an appropriate memorial to his late She loved she loved and she loved the he The people out here meant a lot to and the kids out here she helped meant a lot to A stone in the butterfly garden labels it as Mary Anns and stepping stones creating a path through the garden were made by pupils in Richeys Stephanie Richeys cousin and a professional story stood next to the garden during the short ceremony and read a poem about the comfort of growing Jackie a teacher at the read a poem she wrote about Penny Sue Kim the teacher with whom Richey worked at the See Page A7 The BADMAN Alton School District Superintendent Michael Beaber reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar to preschool pupils from the Johnson Early Childhood Center inside a new gazebo dedicated Monday to Penny Sue a secretary at the center who died in an automobile crash last
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