• 25th Jan, 2018
    Flu continues to circulate

    SPRINGFIELD – The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports the number of influenza-related ICU admissions, influenza-related pediatric deaths, and influenza outbreaks.  The most recent report shows 1032 influenza-related ICU admissions, two influenza-related pediatric deaths, and 285 influenza outbreaks.  Weekly reports can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/surveillance.   
    “The most common influenza strain circulating in Illinois and across the country has been an influenza A strain¾H3N2,...

  • 23rd Jan, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2017 Fourth Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.
    The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the fourth quarter of 2017.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
    The following facilities were cited for “A” violations....

  • 19th Jan, 2018
    Illness associated with sprouts served at Jimmy John’s

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is investigating a recent cluster of Salmonella ser. Montevideo infections.  Two cases have been identified in Illinois residents.  People in Illinois reported becoming ill on December 20 and 26, 2017.  Based on a review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from multiple Jimmy John’s locations.  
    To reduce the risk to additional customers, IDPH has requested that all Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois remove sprouts from their menus until the investigation is...

  • 17th Jan, 2018
    Contact a health care provider if you think you were exposed

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting a second confirmed case of measles.  This case of measles is unrelated to the case IDPH reported on January 14, 2018. 
    It is important to note that these two individuals did not become infected while at O’Hare airport, but had already contracted measles.  There is not a measles outbreak at O’Hare airport.  The newly reported case, who was infectious at the time, was at the locations listed below.  Two hours have been added to the time after the individual left.  The measles virus can linger in the air and on surfaces hours after an infected individual leaves the area.

  • 14th Jan, 2018
    Contact a health care provider if you think you were exposed

    SPRINGFIELD – On January 10, 2018, a passenger on an international flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1.  The passenger, who was infectious on that day, may have traveled to other areas of the airport.  Measles is highly contagious.
    People may have been exposed to measles if they were at O’Hare International Airport between 6:30AM and 1:00PM on January 10, 2018.  Most individuals are vaccinated routinely in childhood and are not at high risk.  Of most of concern are people who have not been vaccinated.  Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior...

  • 7th Jan, 2018
    Testing capability being assessed

    CHICAGO – A water pipe in the building that houses the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Chicago Laboratory at 2121 W. Taylor St. in Chicago burst Sunday morning, damaging several areas of the laboratory and pieces of equipment.  IDPH has notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Illinois Central Management Services. Emergency clean-up crews are on site. 

    The IDPH Chicago laboratory performs testing for environmental hazards, arboviruses, pathogens, newborn screening, novel diseases and potential biological threat agents.  Examples include Zika virus, Ebola, Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, influenza, measles, tuberculosis, meningitis, rabies, cystic fibrosis, plague, environmental lead, and more....

  • 4th Jan, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report addressing the Legionnaires’ disease cases at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ).  CDC generated the report after a visit in December 2017 by environmental health and infectious disease specialists to IVHQ.  IDPH requested on-site technical assistance from the CDC after confirming Legionnaires’ disease cases and this report addresses the complexities and persistence of Legionella and how the State of Illinois has taken appropriate action.
    The CDC describes the State’s response and efforts to help protect the health and safety of veterans and IVHQ staff and visitors, noting:

    • Since 2015, IDPH and IVHQ staff have committed considerable time, effort, and resources to implementing a water management...