• 21st Sep, 2018
    Continue to take steps to avoid tick bites

     
    SPRINGFIELD –The risk of tickborne illness is still out there, even as we head into the fall.  A Kankakee resident recently tested positive for Heartland Virus, the first reported case in Illinois.  Reported cases of Heartland virus disease are relatively rare.  Likely spread by the Lone Star tick, more than 30 cases of Heartland virus disease have been reported in the Midwest and southern United States.
     
    “We’ve been seeing much warmer weather than usual for this time of the year, which people have taken advantage of by spending time outside,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “While the weather is still warm, continue to take steps to protect yourself from tick bites.”
     
    Heartland virus was first identified...

  • 5th Sep, 2018

    Hepatitis A outbreaks reported in neighboring states

    SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to prevent hepatitis A outbreaks in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with almost two dozen local health departments1 around the state to make hepatitis A vaccine more readily available. States across the country, including states bordering Illinois, have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks. IDPH is not currently reporting any hepatitis A outbreaks.

    “Hepatitis A is an infection that can damage the liver, and is passed easily from one person to another through food, water, drug use, and sex,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “To help prevent people in Illinois from getting hepatitis A, the Illinois Department of Public Health has requested large numbers of hepatitis A vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and...