• 23rd Jun, 2016
    Illinois receives gold certification for 18th year

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced today the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.  This marks the 18th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor.  Only those registries meeting the highest standards are awarded gold certification.
     
    “This speaks to the great work being done at the Illinois Department of Public Health,” said Gov. Bruce Rauner. “I want to congratulate IDPH on its efforts to provide complete and accurate data that allows us to make informed prevention decisions to improve the health of all Illinois residents.”
     
    “Illinois is nationally...

  • 10th Jun, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in southern Illinois in 2016.  The Egyptian Health Department collected the positive mosquito batch on June 9, 2016 in Carmi, White County.
     
    “As is normal for this time of year, we’re starting to see more mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “As temperatures increase, especially over the weekend, 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...

  • 9th Jun, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
     
    “High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems.  It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick,” said Director Shah.  “To help your body cope with high temperatures, take steps to stay cool, increase your fluid intake, decrease your activities and wear appropriate clothing.”
     
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  • 7th Jun, 2016
    Strategic National Stockpile training exercise June 14-16, 2016

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Next week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency.  In the event of an emergency severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc.), the State can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS).  The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items.  The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency.
     
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  • 6th Jun, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Illinois for 2016.  An adolescent in west-central Illinois became severely ill in late May.
     
    “We typically don’t start to see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois until the end of July or beginning of August,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This first human case is much earlier this year, reminding us that it’s important to protect ourselves against mosquito bites now and not wait until the hotter months of summer.”
     
    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 sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or...

  • 2nd Jun, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing  Escherichia coli O121 (STEC O121) infections, a strain of E.coli that can cause serious illness.  Collaborative investigative efforts indicate that flour produced at the General Mills facility in Kansas City, Missouri and sold nationwide is a likely source of this outbreak.  On May 31, 2016, General Mills recalled several different sizes and varieties of Gold Medal Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour, and Signature Kitchens Flour due to possible E....