• 30th May, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2017.  Madison County Health Department staff collected mosquitoes testing positive on May 22-23, 2017 in Godfrey.
     
    “The weather is warming up and we’re starting to see West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, it’s still important to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
    Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for 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...

  • 25th May, 2017
    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 Elizabeth DeLong, M.S.N., R.N., C.E.N., the trauma/emergency preparedness coordinator at Riverside Medical Center, 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.
     
    “Elizabeth DeLong used her expertise in trauma and emergency...

  • 25th May, 2017
    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 Teri Campbell, R.N., B.S.N., C.F.R.N., a nurse with the University of Chicago Air Medical Network (UCAN), with a special pediatric Clinical Excellence 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.
     
    Campbell has 30 years of obstetric, emergency, and flight nursing...

  • 25th May, 2017
    May 22-28, 2017 – Health and Safe Swimming Week
     
    SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Day weekend is when many pools and beaches open for the summer.  This week is Health and Safe Swimming Week, which is a good time to remind people about what they can do to stay safe and healthy while swimming.
     
    “Swimming is not only a fun summer activity for kids of all ages, but it’s also a great form of exercise that can help keep your heart healthy and lower your risk of obesity,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “However, swimmers need to take an active role in helping protect themselves and preventing the spread of germs.  We all share the water we swim in, and we each need to do our part to help keep ourselves and our families and friends healthy.”
     
    This year’s...
  • 23rd May, 2017
    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 Evelyn (Evotte) Susada, B.S.N., R.N.C, a nurse in the emergency department at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, with a special pediatric 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.
     
    “Evelyn Susada is a quality and safety focused...

  • 22nd May, 2017
    Annual EMS Hero Awards

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 21-27, 2017, and EMS Children’s Day, May 24, 2017, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. 
     
    “The men and women being honored during National EMS Week are true heroes who have acted selflessly to help people in need during emergency situations,” 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 others are simply citizens who have acted with courage to help others avoid serious injury or even death.  This week, the Illinois Department of Public Health...

  • 18th May, 2017
    IDPH offers tips to guard against mosquito bites

    SPRINGFIELD – As we enter mosquito season, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Illinoisans of the best ways to avoid being bitten.  Different types of mosquitoes can carry different types of diseases, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, but steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites are essentially the same.
     
    “Each year since 2002 when we saw the first human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, we’ve seen the virus circulate across the state,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. J.D.  “Now, for the second summer, we’re monitoring for Zika virus in Illinois.  While Zika is also primarily transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, the main type of mosquito that carries Zika virus is rarely found in Illinois.  However,...

  • 18th May, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting Illinoisans that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are warning the public that a certain type of lead test made by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for some children and adults.  The FDA’s warning is based on currently available data that indicate Magellan lead tests that use blood taken from a person’s vein may provide results that are lower than the actual level of lead in the blood.
     
    CDC recommends that parents of children younger than six years (72 months) of age, and currently pregnant women and nursing mothers who have been tested for lead exposure consult their health care professional about whether they should be retested.  However, the IDPH lead program is not aware of Magellan Diagnostics’ test results...