• 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...

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