• 29th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease in an Adams County resident.  IDPH identified at least two locations where the individual could have been exposed to the bacteria, one being the personal residence, the other being the Quincy Veterans’ Home. Test results are unable to provide a conclusive link to either location.
     
    “Cases of legionellosis, which includes Legionnaires’ disease, are not uncommon, with an average of 250 cases reported each year in Illinois,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “At this time, we do not believe there is an increased risk of Legionnaires’ disease in the Adams County area, nor at the Quincy Veterans’ Home.”
     
    “While this case is not confirmed to have come from the Quincy Veterans’ Home, we are continuing to implement every necessary precaution to...

  • 20th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today recent test results show 10 Illinois residents have been diagnosed with infections caused by a strain of Elizabethkingia anophelis that is different from the outbreak in Wisconsin.
     
    Because of the Elizabethkingia outbreak in Wisconsin, IDPH sent alerts to Illinois hospitals and laboratories in early February and again in March requesting that they report all cases of Elizabethkingia going as far back as January 1, 2014.  Additionally, IDPH requested that facilities save any remaining specimens for possible testing.
     
    IDPH sent the specimens it received to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing, which resulted in the confirmation of these 10 cases.  Six of those individuals have died; however, IDPH is unable to determine if...

  • 15th Apr, 2016
    2015 Measles Outbreak Demonstrates The Importance of Immunizations

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Each year, thousands of children become ill from diseases that could have been prevented by basic childhood immunizations.  Countless more miss time from daycare and school because they are under-immunized or inappropriately immunized.  During National Infant Immunization Week, April 16-23, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants to raise awareness about the importance of childhood immunizations.
     
    Illinois saw a measles outbreak in February 2015 in which 15 cases were associated with a daycare in northern Illinois.  Of those 15 cases, 12 were infants too young to be immunized. 
     
    “While some babies are too young to be protected by vaccination, others may not be able to receive certain...

  • 13th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act were cited during the first quarter of 2016.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result.
     
    The Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.
     
    January
    Asbury Gardens Nursing & Rehabilitation, a 75-bed skilled care facility located at 212 Airport Road, North Aurora, has been cited with an “A” violation and fined $25,000 for failure to supervise residents at high risk...

  • 12th Apr, 2016
    Elizabethkingia cases found in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that tests from an Illinois resident match those from a Wisconsin outbreak of Elizabethkingia anophelis.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services have been investigating an outbreak of infections caused by a bacteria called Elizabethkingia anophelis, which is usually found in the environment. 
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  • 11th Apr, 2016
    7th Annual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 13thin Springfield
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present 25 Illinoisans and 5 businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol on April 13, 2016 at 1 p.m.  The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.

    “These 30 awardees represent the work that 2.51 million Illinoisans do each year,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director.  “The work these individuals and businesses do make the lives of thousands better through volunteer efforts including helping the homeless, youth education and assisting needy veterans. We are honored...

  • 7th Apr, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is holding two public hearings to receive comments about combining the Child Health Examination Code and Immunization Code to address vaccination requirements for all children attending public and private schools, daycares, and child care facilities. Combining the Codes will also incorporate implementing the use of the Certificate of Religious Exemption form.

    Proposed revisions to the Child Health Exam Code (77 IL Adm Code 665) and the Immunization Code (77 IL Adm Code 695) were published in the Illinois Register on March 4, 2016 and can be found at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/register/register_vo...

  • 4th Apr, 2016

    Governor Rauner Designates April 5, 2016 as “Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service”

    SPRINGFIELDGovernor Rauner has proclaimed April 5, 2016 as Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service. More than 3,000 participating officials will mark April 5, 2016 as the Mayors and County Recognition Day for National Service. As of the date of this release, over 100 Mayors and County Executives in Illinois have signed on to participate. On this day, mayors and county executives will hold public events and use traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. Last year, 2,786 mayor and county officials representing more than 150 million citizens in all 50 states...

  • 4th Apr, 2016

    April Is STD Awareness Month—Protect Your Health: Talk. Test. Treat.

    SPRINGFIELD - Every year there are an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted disease (STD) infections in the U.S. Nationally, recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show cases of three reported STDs—chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis—all increased for the first time since 2006. In Illinois, the number of chlamydia and syphilis cases increased in 2014 from the previous year, while gonorrhea cases decreased. There were more than 66,500 chlamydia cases, almost 16,000 gonorrhea cases, and approximately 1,680 syphilis cases in 2014 in Illinois.

    “Any increase in STDs, especially in young people, is concerning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “While chlamydia and gonorrhea infections may not cause any symptoms, undiagnosed infections could lead to...

  • 1st Apr, 2016

    How You Can Affect Health In Your Community

    SPRINGFIELD - If you have ever eaten at a restaurant, used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities on how to live healthier lives. April 4-10, 2016 is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.

    “Public health officials around Illinois work hand-in-hand with other government officials to...