• 17th Jun, 2019
    Adrenoleukodystrophy added as the 48th disorder

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is rolling out today a test for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) for all newborn babies statewide.  ALD is a rare hereditary disorder that affects the brain, nervous system, and adrenal gland.  It affects approximately 1 in 20,000 births. 
     
    “Babies born with adrenoleukodystrophy have normal brains at birth.  However, progression of the disorder without treatment can be fatal,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “By adding ALD to the Illinois newborn screening panel, every baby born in Illinois will be tested for ALD.  Babies who test positive for this disorder can then receive therapies during the early stage of the disease.”
     
    Early diagnosis of babies with ALD can lead to...

  • 13th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health are working cooperatively with the Madison County Health Department and Village of Hamel, Illinois to provide residents with information following a hazardous materials spill in the community.
     
    On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 10:55 a.m., a semi-truck transporting Electric Arc Furnace Dust was involved in an incident at the intersection of West State and Hamel Ave. in Hamel, Illinois.  As a result, contents from the trailer were released into the air and onto the ground.  The product released was waste from steelmaking or smelting that contains heavy metals.  The responsible party has hired an environmental contractor to remediate the area.  The contractor is collecting the nearby food stand and its contents for disposal.  The contractor is also collecting samples from...

  • 11th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing the Illinois State Cancer Registry as a National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) Registry of Excellence.  The Illinois State Cancer Registry met all of the standards for data quality and completeness.
     
    “I would like to thank and congratulate all those who have worked so hard to make the Illinois State Cancer Registry one of the best in the country,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The quality, completeness, and timeliness of the cancer data allows not only Illinois, but others to confidently use the data for cancer control activities and to address the physical, emotional, and financial burden of cancer in the U.S.”
     
    The Illinois State Cancer Registry is tasked with the collection, analysis, and reporting of cancer incidence...

  • 6th Jun, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – As flooding continues to impact communities across our state, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health would like to remind volunteer workers to make safety a priority.  Volunteers who are filling sandbags to help with the flooding efforts need to make sure they take steps to protect themselves. 

    • Individuals should wear insect repellent to combat mosquito and tick bites;
    • Sunscreen to help prevent sunburn;
    • Wear protective footwear (water boots) if working in standing water;
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  • 24th May, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois.  No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
     
    “The recent rains are leaving many pools of water behind, not only in sewer systems under streets and drainage ditches along roads, but in our own backyards,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “As we start to see higher temperatures, we will start to see more West Nile virus activity.  While we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, it is important not to become complacent.  It’s easy to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
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  • 23rd May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring John Underwood, DO, FACEP, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to pediatric emergency medical care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Dr. Underwood has 40 years of experience as an emergency physician in the Rockford
    area, the last 20 years of which he...

  • 23rd May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Patricia Casey, EMT-P with a special pediatric Community Service Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Patricia Casey is a long-time paramedic dedicated to improving emergency care for pediatric patients with complex medical needs. 
     
    “As a...

  • 21st May, 2019

    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service
     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring the Village of Barrington Fire Department with a special pediatric Community Service Award for its contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “The Village of Barrington Fire Department has been a great partner to Barrington Community Unit School District 220 and the students it serves,” said IDPH...

  • 20th May, 2019
    Annual EMS Hero Awards

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 19-25, 2019, and EMS for Children Day, May 22, 2019, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. 
     
    “Emergency workers are willing to put their lives on the line every day to help protect the health and safety of their communities,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “I want to thank these brave men and women and recognize their courage, time, and dedication.  Please join me in recognizing our emergency workers during National EMS Week.”
     
    The recipients of this year’s Exemplary EMS Instructor Award are...

  • 17th May, 2019
    Department Details Continued Efforts to Increase Vaccination Rates Across Illinois, Including $3.5 Million in Local Grants

     
    SPRINGFIELD – As cases of measles continue to rise across the U.S., the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is taking action to prevent cases of measles and increase vaccination rates. Recent actions range from direct outreach to communities with low vaccination rates, new grants for local health departments, and public education campaigns.
     
    “Vaccines are our most effective and safest tool for combatting disease and our department is deeply committed to helping those who are able get vaccinated,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are actively working to increase vaccination rates in communities with the lowest rates and will continue to engage local health...

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