• 26th Oct, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Third 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 “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act and processed between July-September 2018.  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.
    Bement Health Care Center, a 60-bed skilled care facility located in Bement, failed to keep a resident...

  • 26th Oct, 2018

    One community cluster and one health care facility cluster

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), working closely with local health departments, has identified two separate clusters of Legionnaires’ disease cases.  One cluster involves residents in McHenry and Lake Counties, while the other involves residents at Warren Barr South Loop nursing home in Chicago.
    “The two recently identified clusters of Legionnaires’ disease are not connected,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D.  “IDPH is continuing to investigate possible sources, identify other individuals who may have been exposed, and recommend remediation and prevention measures.”
    Public health officials identified a slight uptick in September of diagnosed Legionnaires’ disease cases.  IDPH worked with the...

  • 18th Oct, 2018

    Data findings, disparities, and recommendations
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is releasing Illinois’ first Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report.  The report identifies statewide trends in maternal deaths and provides recommendations to help prevent maternal mortality.
    “The work of the Illinois Maternal Mortality Review Committee is essential for reducing maternal deaths and improving the health of all women,” said Governor Bruce Rauner.  “I am proud that Illinois has prioritized this issue and, along with CDC, is setting national standards for reviewing and ultimately preventing these deaths.”
    The report is the culmination of more than a year of work done by two...

  • 17th Oct, 2018

    Five cases identified in Illinois
    CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting five cases of multi-drug resistant Salmonella infantis illness.  This is part of a multi-state outbreak, which includes 92 cases in 29 states and is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The initial investigation indicates a link to raw chicken.  Nearly 90% of cases report preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken.
    “IDPH is working with our partners to investigate this multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw chicken products,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This outbreak is a reminder to always handle raw chicken carefully and to cook chicken to an...

  • 16th Oct, 2018

    CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that six Illinois residents from Champaign County have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease since September 15, 2018.  Additional information about the residents, including their medical condition, is not available.
    Several locations are being investigated, including the First Christian Church, where patients may have participated in wedding activities.
    Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment.  Water containing Legionella bacteria can be aerosolized through cooling towers, showers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains, and can cause illness when inhaled.  Approximately 300 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are reported across Illinois each year.  It is not transmitted person-to-person.
    Legionnaires’ disease usually begins with symptoms like high fever (102...

  • 15th Oct, 2018

    National Service Opening Day

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner is declaring October 17, 2018 National Service Opening Day.  Almost 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to help their communities at the 24th Annual Illinois’ National Service Opening Day event on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  The event will be in Springfield at the Bank of Springfield (BOS) Convention Center at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the media.  There will be a parade to the Old State Capitol at 12:15 p.m.
    Prior to the parade, several of the national service members will receive awards.  An AmeriCorps Member will serve as the keynote, and all military veterans will be honored for their continued service. The attendees will then parade to the Old State Capitol to be sworn in for their year of service. Throughout the event, Serve Illinois will be hosting a volunteer expo at the...

  • 12th Oct, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received information of another individual who has been clinically diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), bringing the total number of suspected cases in Illinois to 10.  All 10 suspected cases are among children in northern Illinois.  IDPH continues to work with health care providers to collect necessary information to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC will review the information to confirm if the case will be classified as AFM.
    The underlying cause(s) of AMF is not known.  CDC has been actively investigating AFM and continues to receive information about suspected AFM cases.
    More information about AFM, its causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment can be found on the...

  • 10th Oct, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received recent reports from health care providers of nine sporadic, clinically diagnosed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM).  IDPH is working with the health care providers to collect necessary information to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The CDC reviews medical information on all reported clinical cases to classify cases as AFM. The case reports are from individuals younger than 18 years of age and from northern Illinois.  Specific location information is not available.  The CDC will make the final determination on AFM classifications and numbers are subject to change.
    In September, IDPH issued an alert to health care providers about AFM, including information about reporting this clinical syndrome and submitting specimens.  Illinois has monitored this syndrome...