• 31st Mar, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of an individual who experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed.  To date, IDPH has reports of 38 people in the Chicago area and in central Illinois who have experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids.  All cases have required hospitalization for symptoms such as coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, and/or bleeding gums.  Three of these cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used as a rodenticide, or rat poison.
     
    “Synthetic cannabinoids are unsafe.  They can contain a variety of chemicals, and users often don’t know what those are, such as rat poison,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Despite the perception that synthetic...

  • 30th Mar, 2018

    National Public Health Week – April 2-8, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Do you know what public health is? If you have ever eaten at a restaurant, used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities about how to live healthier lives. April 2-8, 2018, is National Public Health Week, a time to highlight issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. The goal of public health is to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation.

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  • 30th Mar, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness (GI) among residents and staff at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy (IVHQ). Based on the symptoms, the spread, and the duration of illness, norovirus is suspected, although tests are pending to confirm. Beginning earlier this week, 24 individuals experienced vomiting and diarrhea for a couple days. At present, the cases are located in one building on the IVHQ campus. There have been no serious illnesses and individuals are recovering.

    IDPH has sent staff to IVHQ to inspect the kitchen and gather data on sick individuals and their exposures. IDPH has also provided guidance to IVHQ on addressing the illnesses.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, norovirus is the leading cause of illness and outbreaks from contaminated food in the United...

  • 27th Mar, 2018
    6 cases of severe bleeding report using synthetic cannabinoids

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, often called fake weed, K2, and spice, after six people who used synthetic cannabinoids suffered severe bleeding. 
     
    “Despite the perception that synthetic cannabinoids are safe and a legal alternative to marijuana, many are illegal and can cause severe illness,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “The recent cases of severe bleeding are evidence of the harm synthetic cannabinoids can cause.”
     
    Synthetic cannabinoids are not one drug, but hundreds of different chemicals manufactured and sold.  These chemicals are called cannabinoids because they act on the same brain cell receptors as the main active...

  • 23rd Mar, 2018
    No source identified, but all cases report using synthetic cannabinoids
     

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating an unusual cluster of cases involving four individuals with severe bleeding caused by a vitamin K-dependent coagulopathy. The condition reduces the blood’s ability to coagulate.
     
    All four people required hospitalization in northeastern Illinois, where the cases occurred. Treatment for the condition works when it is provided early. 
     
    The four cases have been reported to the Illinois Poison Center since March 10, 2018.  IDPH is investigating the cause or source of these four cases.
     
    All four individuals have reported using synthetic cannabinoids, commonly referred to as fake pot, Spice, K2, and Mind Trip.  The health effects from...

  • 10th Mar, 2018

    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 multi-state cluster of Salmonella associated with kratom.  One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois. 
     
    To date, 40 other cases have been reported in 28 states with 14 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois resident reported consuming kratom before illness onset and purchased the kratom at a smoke shop in Williamson County.
     
    Kratom is a plant native to Southeast Asia that is consumed for its stimulant effects and as an opioid substitute. It is also known as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak. No common brands or suppliers of kratom products have been identified at this time. Accordingly, the CDC is...

  • 9th Mar, 2018

    March 11-17, 2018 designated as a week to recognize 2,600 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed March 11-17, 2018 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.

    “Each year, thousands of AmeriCorps members in Illinois take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Governor Rauner. “These volunteers work to keep children safe, the environment clean, help people find jobs, and much more. AmeriCorps Week in Illinois reminds us to thank AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, to thank AmeriCorps’ community partners, and encourage more people to join in...