• 17th Apr, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport linked to frozen, raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna.
    Jensen Tuna issued a voluntary recall of its frozen ground tuna, which was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes.  According to the FDA, it is unlikely that the recalled ground tuna was sold directly to consumers in grocery stores; rather, it was likely used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers. 
    According to the CDC, 13 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from seven states, including one case in Illinois.
    Symptoms of...

  • 13th Apr, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau linked to pre-cut melon.

    Caito Foods, LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley.  For a full list of where the recalled fruit was sold, check the FDA’s website.  The recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to multiple stores, including independent retailers, so it is important to look at the label and brand information to identify the recalled product.

    According to the CDC, 93 cases in nine states have been reported.  Illnesses started on dates ranging from March, 4, 2019, to March, 31, 2019.

    In Illinois, five cases have been...

  • 12th Apr, 2019

    IDPH offers recommendations on steps you and health care providers can take
    SPRINGFIELD – There is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus called Candida auris (C. auris) that is causing healthcare-associated infections around the world, including the U.S. and in Illinois.  Recent media attention is raising awareness of this multidrug-resistant fungus.  While this infection is still rare in the U.S. and most people are at low risk of getting infected, IDPH is committed to ensuring Illinoisans and health care providers have the tools they need to stay safe. 
    “Our top priority at IDPH is keeping Illinoisans healthy and safe and we are working hard to ensure residents have the information and resources they need in response to all emerging health threats,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “Fungal infections...

  • 1st Apr, 2019

    National Public Health Week April 1-7, 2019
    SPRINGFIELD – While most people think of restaurant inspections when they think of public health, there is so much more.  If you have ever used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities on how to live healthier lives.  April 1-7, 2019 is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving...

  • 1st Apr, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – Recognized every year in April, National Minority Health Month is a time to focus on raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations.  Supporting this year’s theme, Active & Healthy, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is raising awareness about the important role an active lifestyle plays in keeping people healthy and emphasizing the health benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into daily life.  Physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases and other conditions that are more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups.
    “We are committed to the vital work of raising awareness through outreach and education and fostering public/private partnerships across Illinois in order to...

  • 29th Mar, 2019

    Scientists Plan on Additional Study as Analysis Shows Inconsistencies in
    Cancer Findings
    CHICAGO – In an initial study to determine if there are increased cancer cases in the area surrounding the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) found that some cancers were elevated. The study also found differences and inconsistencies between genders, across the study areas, and among types of cancer. This study was the first of its kind in the country, and scientists recommend further research in Illinois and at the national level to determine the risks associated with ethylene oxide
    “Our top priority at IDPH is protecting the health and safety of all Illinoisans, which is why we moved swiftly to release the results of this initial study,” said IDPH Director...

  • 13th Mar, 2019

    Bacterial infections lead to investigation and warning
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is warning patients and health care providers about the risk of procedures involving unproven and non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stem cell therapies.
    “While all medical treatments have benefits and risks, non-FDA approved stem cell therapies have the potential to expose patients to risks without a clear benefit,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike.  “If you are considering any stem cell treatment, first find out if the stem cell therapy is approved, and be sure to get all the facts.”
    After an investigation of several bacterial infections in patients following the use of stem cell products from the ReGen Series® (...

  • 7th Mar, 2019
    March 10-16, 2019 designated as a week to recognize more than 2,400 volunteers

    SPRINGFIELD – Governor JB Pritzker has proclaimed March 10-16, 2019 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois. Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps. The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute AmeriCorps Members and alums for their hard work and thank community partners that support them.
    “When Illinois communities need help, AmeriCorps Members step up,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland. “Illinoisans from all walks of life come together in the spirit of service, and we owe each of them a great debt.”
    AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. From...

  • 28th Feb, 2019

    Call or email a health care provider if you think you were exposed
    SPRINGFIELDOn February 22, 2019, an Illinois resident with a now confirmed diagnosis of measles was on a flight that arrived in Concourse B at Chicago Midway Airport.  The passenger was unvaccinated and infectious on that day.  IDPH, along with local health departments, is investigating this isolated case.
    People may have been exposed to measles if they were at Midway Airport on February 22, 2019 between 9 pm and midnight.  This individual also sought treatment in the emergency department at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital on February 24, 2019.  People who were in the emergency department between 11:45 am and 2:15 pm also may have been exposed, as well as individuals who were in Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital from 4:00-6:15 pm on...

  • 7th Feb, 2019

    “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma”
    SPRINGFIELD – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is celebrated February 7 every year to help end the stigma and mobilize communities to get educated, tested, treated, and involved with their local HIV/AIDS community efforts.  This year’s theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma,” raises awareness that we all have a role to play in stopping HIV stigma.
    Nationally, the black community is the racial/ethnic group most burdened by HIV across all stages of the disease¾from new infections to death.  Education, outreach, testing, and treatment have all helped reduce the number of new HIV infections.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HIV diagnoses have fallen in recent years among black women (25 percent decline from 2010 to 2016) and heterosexual men (...