• 24th Feb, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Legionnaire’s Disease in an Illinois resident. Additional information about the resident, including their medical condition, is not available.
    IDPH is gathering information about the individual's recent travels to identify potential sources of exposure to the bacteria that causes Legionnaire's Disease.  Several locations are being investigated, including the Capitol Complex and a hotel where the individual stayed during a January 2018 visit to Springfield. 
    Out of an abundance of caution, IDPH is providing this information to the public, given that water samples recently collected from the Capitol Complex tested positive for Legionella.
    Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment.  Water containing Legionella...

  • 20th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a fourth laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ).  The positive test result was confirmed earlier today.  The resident is in stable condition.
    Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) returned to the home in Quincy last week, at the request of IDPH, to provide additional support and guidance.  Staff from CDC are working with IVHQ and IDPH staff to:

    • Conduct environmental and epidemiological assessments to identify potential exposure sources;
    • Augment clinical testing protocols for individuals with respiratory symptoms to include not only testing for Legionella, but also influenza and other respiratory viruses;
    • Conduct clinical and...
  • 15th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a third laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ). The positive test result was reported late yesterday.  The resident is in stable condition.
    IDVA is boosting disinfection levels in its water to further reduce any potential exposure to residents or staff.  IDVA is also implementing modified water restrictions across the IVHQ campus, including:

    • Installing Laminar flow devices on all sinks.  This filter reduces the aeration of the water as it flows from the faucet. 
    • Limiting bathing to showers only, which are protected with legionella blocking Pall filters. 
    • Instituting temperature checks every two hours while residents are awake, and full vitals every four...
  • 12th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting two laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease among Illinois Veterans’ Home residents.  Both residents are at the Illinois Veterans Home Quincy (IVHQ) and are doing well. 
    After learning of the lab-confirmed cases, IVHQ engineering staff immediately removed faucets from the residents’ rooms and collected water samples and mixing valves to analyze for the presence of Legionella bacteria.  Staff also increased water temperatures and flushed fixtures to provide an enhanced level of protection for residents. 
    The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and IDPH continue to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Adams County Health Department to coordinate the safety and well-being of the residents and staff at the home.  An...

  • 7th Feb, 2018
    Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.
    “Each year, millions of Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”
    Serve Illinois will present...

  • 7th Feb, 2018
    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    SPRINGFIELD – In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining organizations, partners, advocates, and individuals around the state to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. From 2000 to 2015, the rate of HIV infection among blacks decreased by 46 percent. However, as new HIV infections in Illinois plateaued in 2015, for every 100,000 black people in the state, 40 were still diagnosed with HIV (compared to 3.6 per 100,000 among whites) and more troubling, among young black gay men. Of the 224 deaths from HIV/AIDS in Illinois in 2015, 140 were among blacks.

    “While we have made great strides in reducing HIV infection in Illinois, African...