• 30th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed today the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018.  North Shore Mosquito Abatement District staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 25, 2018, in Glenview and Morton Grove.  No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
     
    “As we see higher temperatures, we will start to see more West Nile virus activity,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Although we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, don’t become complacent.  It’s easy to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
    Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as...

  • 29th May, 2018
    Legionellosis cases increase in summer months

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report addressing Legionella bacteria at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ).  IDPH requested onsite technical assistance from the CDC after confirming Legionnaires’ disease cases in February 2018.  CDC generated the report after a visit that same month by an epidemiologist, microbiologist, and an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer to IVHQ. 
     
    CDC conclusions:

    • Overall findings from the review of the water management program, environmental sampling results from IVHQ’s Legionella consultant, and interviews with IDPH and IVHQ staff were consistent with the January 2018 report.
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  • 25th May, 2018

    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Dr. Monica Joseph-Griffin at NorthShore University HealthSystem with a special pediatric Clinical Excellence Award for her contributions to childhood care. The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.

    “Dr. Joseph-Griffin’s co-workers speak of her collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to improving outcomes for pediatric patients and providing better...

  • 25th May, 2018

    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Clinical Excellence

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Dr. Bridget Wild at NorthShore University HealthSystem with a special pediatric Clinical Excellence Award for her contributions to childhood care. The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives. Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.

    “With an eight-page resume full of honors, appointments, certifications, research, national presentations, publications, and more, it is easy to see why Dr. Wild’s co-...

  • 24th May, 2018
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Colleen Andreoni, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, ENP-C, a nursing faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Andreoni has worked for...

  • 23rd May, 2018
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service
     

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Rebecca Bolluyt, a paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department, with a special pediatric Community Service Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “Rebecca Bolluyt used her expertise as a paramedic to develop a video and program to teach elementary students...

  • 23rd May, 2018
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Margaret (Peggy) San Filippo, R.N., a nurse in the emergency department at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital since 1970 and their EMS Educator since 2003, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “Nurse San Filippo...

  • 22nd May, 2018
    May 21-27, 2018 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

     
    SPRINGFIELD – Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 21-27, 2018, is being observed the week before Memorial Day, a day when many pools open for the summer.  This year’s national theme is “Swim Healthy. Stay Healthy.”  The week is dedicated to educating people on how they can take an active role in protecting themselves and preventing the spread of germs when swimming.
     
    “Swimming is a great physical activity that can help improve your health, as long as you take some simple steps,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “When you get to the pool, check if you can see the drain at the bottom of the deep end, and look for safety equipment if a lifeguard is not on duty.  Also, remember to shower before getting in the water,...

  • 18th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters.  These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.
     
    “We encourage people to enjoy fishing in Illinois lakes and rivers, but want to make sure you have information about eating fish that are caught in Illinois waters.  The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. 
     
    There is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish...

  • 16th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching an Infant at Work pilot program that will allow eligible mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring their infants to work in the early months of parenthood. 
     
     “The Infant at Work program will provide numerous benefits for participants, including healthy infant brain development, parental well-being, and critical bonding,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Promoting health and wellness is a pillar of IDPH and we want to lead by example.”
     
    The program, which has been successful in other states around the country, was developed with input from the IDPH Office of Women's Health and Family Services as well as parents with infants, is designed to lower daycare...

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