• 19th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 First 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 first quarter of 2018.  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.
     
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    The following facilities were cited for “A” violations....

  • 16th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is spreading awareness about health issues that impact minority communities at higher rates than others during National Minority Health Month.
     
    Illinois’s racial and ethnic minorities make up 39 percent of the state’s population, but share higher rates of disease burden such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke, HIV, substance abuse, infant mortality, and low birth weight. Although health indicators such as life expectancy and infant mortality have improved for most Americans, minorities still experience shorter life expectancy and higher rates of disability compared with non-minorities.
     
    “We are committed to the vital work of raising awareness through outreach and education, and fostering public/private partnerships across the state in order to advance health equity and eliminate health...

  • 13th Apr, 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 E. coli infections linked to chopped romaine lettuce.
     
    Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.  At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
     
    One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois.  To date, 35 other cases have been reported in 11 states with 22 hospitalizations and no deaths. The Illinois resident reported consuming chopped romaine lettuce before illness onset, in central Illinois. ...

  • 13th Apr, 2018
    30 Illinoisans and businesses receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

     
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) is presenting 25 Illinoisans and five businesses with the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award during a special reception at the Old State Capitol.
     
    The award recognizes volunteers and volunteer programs that have made a difference in Illinois and highlights the importance of volunteerism and community service.  This event will take place April 18, 2018 at 1 p.m.  It is part of the National Volunteer Week festivities and also a signature event of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. 
     
    “Illinois is a state that was truly born, built, and grown with the spirit of volunteerism and community service,” said Governor Bruce...

  • 10th Apr, 2018

    Interactive Opioid Data Dashboard and Comprehensive Opioid Data Report
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is announcing the launch of its Opioid Data Dashboard, an innovative way to access data on opioid overdoses and deaths. 
     
    “The Opioid Data Dashboard is an innovative way to share information with our partners in health care, government, community organizations, law enforcement, justice systems, and others, to inform us on where we should be focusing our efforts,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “The number of opioid overdose deaths in Illinois continues to increase, although at a slower rate. We must continue to work to end the opioid crisis and these data will help.” 
     
    The Opioid Data Dashboard is an...

  • 9th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a third individual who experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed.  To date, 107 people in central Illinois and the Chicago area have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids, including the three deaths. 
     
    Two of the deaths occurred in men who were in their 20s; the third was a man in his 40s.
     
    Individuals who have been sickened by the synthetic cannabinoids have reported coughing up blood, blood in the urine, severe bloody nose, bleeding gums, and/or internal bleeding.  Numerous have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used in rat poison.
     
    “Each day we’ve seen the number of cases rise,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Synthetic...

  • 6th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that the norovirus outbreak at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy last month is over.  Approximately 20 individuals experienced symptoms for a few days. 
     
    IDPH found no indication the outbreak was due to kitchen operations upon inspection.
     
    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 19-21 million cases of norovirus each year nationally.  In 2017, there were approximately 215 separate norovirus outbreaks in Illinois.  The majority of those outbreaks occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities.  Health care facilities are the most commonly reported settings for norovirus cases in the United States because of increased person-to-person contact.  
     
    Most people with norovirus get better within one to three days....

  • 2nd Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a second individual who experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed.  To date, IDPH has reports of 56 people, including two deaths, 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.  Nine of these cases have tested positive for brodifacoum, a lethal anticoagulant often used as a rodenticide, or rat poison.
     
    “We continue to see the number of cases rise,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “IDPH is continuing to work with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...