• 31st May, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in northern Illinois in 2016.  The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District collected the positive mosquito batch on May 25, 2016 in Glenview.
     
    “Similar to previous years, we’re starting to see mosquito batches and birds across Illinois test positive for West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “As temperatures increase, we’ll start seeing more mosquitoes so it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
    Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus...

  • 31st May, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - Bats are starting to become more active, which means the possibility of exposure to rabies is increasing.  Bats are the primary carrier of rabies in Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has already had 10 bats test positive for rabies this year.
     
    “Never try to approach or catch a bat, or any wild animal, you find outside.  Bats and wild animals that let people approach them are often not healthy,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Instead, call your local animal control agency for its recommendations on how to handle the animal.”
     
    In 2015, 97 bats tested positive for rabies in Illinois.  Any wild mammal, such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes and bats, can have rabies and transmit it to humans.    
     
    Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system.  People can get rabies...

  • 26th May, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first bird to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2016.  Douglas County Health Department employees collected the blue jay on May 20, 2016, in Arcola Township.
     
    “While there is a lot of focus on Zika virus, West Nile virus is also transmitted by mosquitoes and is something we see every year in Illinois,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We want to remind people not to be complacent.  Take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
    Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.  People who observe a...

  • 23rd May, 2016
    Healthy and Safe Swimming Week – May 23-29, 2016

     
    SPRINGFIELD – For the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the summer, before you jump in the water, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds you of some simple things you can do to stay healthy while swimming.
     
    “Swimming is a great physical activity, and doing a quick check of the water can make sure it’s a healthy one as well,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “While the Illinois Department of Public Health, along with several local health departments, inspects swimming pools, spas, and water parks, doing a quick check of the water before you get in can help you avoid getting sick or being injured.”
     
    The week before Memorial Day is designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.  This year’s theme, “...

  • 23rd May, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today confirmed one case of measles in Illinois.  A visitor to Illinois from out of the country became ill last week and tested positive for measles.  This person is no longer infectious.
     
    “This individual visited several locations in northern Illinois, including hotels and a college graduation,” said Director Shah.  “Measles is highly contagious and a person with no immunity can become infected simply by being in the same room with someone who has the disease.  To eliminate the potential spread of the disease, we are working with the Chicago, DeKalb, and Evanston health departments to notify anyone known to have had potential contact with this person about their possible exposure.” 
     
    Potential exposures in Illinois may have occurred to:

    • Guests and...
  • 20th May, 2016
    Ron E. 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 Leslie Livett, R.N., M.S., the EMS/Trauma Nurse Coordinator at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center in Joliet, with a special pediatric care Lifetime Achievement 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.
     
    “Leslie Livett is a...
  • 16th May, 2016
    Ron E. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Stathis Poulakidas, M.D., F.A.C.S., the Chair of Burn and Wound Services at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, with a special pediatric care Clinical Excellence Award for his 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.
     
    Dr. Stathis Poulakidas has 13 years of experience in trauma...

  • 16th May, 2016
    Ron E. 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 Lake Zurich Fire Department with a special pediatric care 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.
     
    When responding to a vehicle crash between a personal vehicle and a critical pediatric transport ambulance earlier this year, Lake Zurich...

  • 13th May, 2016
    National EMS Week May 15-21, 2016 – EMS Strong: “Called to Care”

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 15-21, 2016, and EMS Children’s Day, May 18, 2016, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of EMS practitioners who provide day-to-day lifesaving services.  Approximately two-thirds of all EMS providers in Illinois are volunteers, which reinforces this year’s EMS Strong theme, “Called to Care.”
     
    “The men and women being honored during National EMS Week are true heroes who have acted selflessly to help people in need under distressing circumstances,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.  “Thousands of emergency workers in Illinois put their lives on the line every day, while...

  • 10th May, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today released the third issue of its Illinois Morbidity and Mortality Bulletin (IMMB).  The IMMB is IDPH’s primary publication for scientific articles of interest to public health communities and professionals in Illinois.  Articles in the IMMB are prepared by IDPH staff from various programs and provide analysis, description, interpretation, and discussion of data. 
     
     “It is not only important to collect health data, but to also look at how it’s being collected and what it can tell us,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Analyzing data can help inform us how to live longer, healthier lives.” 
     
    This bulletin features two articles from staff in IDPH’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Statistics.
     
    The first article, from Jennifer Wood, BA; Melinda Lehnherr, RN; Larry...

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