The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a FREE resource for tobacco users who want to quit for good. Our registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and certified tobacco-treatment counselors are on call 7 days a week, 7AM-11PM to answer all your tobacco-related questions and provide the support you need to break the habit.

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Phone: 1-866-Quit-Yes

CC Medicine Drop Box

The Carroll County Medicine Drop Box is located at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.  Medications Accepted, both liquid and pill form and inhalers.

Health Screenings

Now Offering:

Community Health Screenings

  • Providing
    Basic Blood Test
  • Results
    Given Within 2 Days
    Over the Age of 18
  • Payments Accepted:
    Check, Check, or Credit Card


Health822 S. Mill St.
Mt. Carroll, IL  61053
(815) 244-8855


Emergency Preparedness & Response Program works in collaboration with other agencies to provide comprehensive public health planning and response for all hazard disasters (natural or man-made) within the county. The program includes: distribution of pharmaceuticals or vaccinations in the event of a bioterrorist attack or pandemic influenza; emergency planning for and tracking of populations with special needs; and recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers. The entire Carroll County Health Department staff are NIMS compliant.
For more information, call 815-244-8855.

Nitrates PDF Print E-mail

Serious and occasionally fatal poisonings of infants have occurred following ingestion of water containing concentrations of nitrate which are greater than 10 mg/1. Nitrate is converted to nitrite in the stomach of an infant. In turn, the nitrite converts the hemoglobin of the blood to methemoglobin. The methemoglobin cannot transport oxygen and the infant, in effect, suffocates. The infant develops a "bluish" color from lack of oxygen, and the syndrome is frequently called "blue baby disease".

Usually, an infant is susceptible until about three months of age. The fluid intake of an infant, per body weight, is approximately three times that of an adult. The infant's incompletely developed capability to secrete gastric acid allows the gastric pH to become high enough to allow the nitrate reducing bacteria to reside in the gastrointestinal tract. Also, the hemoglobin of the infant, hemoglobin F, is more susceptible to the formation of methemoglobin than is the adult form, hemoglobin A.

Finally, the enzyme responsible for normal methemoglobin reduction is less active in the infant. Little is known, however, why some infants are far more susceptible than others. If an affected infant receives prompt treatment, the symptoms are readily reversible and no apparent permanent damage occurs.