• 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 (...

  • 31st Jan, 2019

    Registration now open
    SPRINGFIELD – Individuals looking to register for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) can now do so on-line through the Illinois Cannabis Tracking System at https://etk.icts.illinois.gov.  The OAPP, which is part of the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program (MCPP), was created through the Alternative to Opioids Act of 2018.  The OAPP allows access to medical cannabis for individuals who have or could receive a prescription for opioids as certified by a physician licensed in Illinois.
    The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program was designed to provide people with an option to manage their pain.  Opioids can be highly addictive in a very short period of time and this program offers qualifying...

  • 24th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 Fourth 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 October-December 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.
    Admiral at the Lake, a 36-bed skilled care facility located at 933 West Foster Avenue in Chicago, was...

  • 15th Jan, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – Rules proposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) that will increase the number of children identified with lead poisoning and trigger earlier intervention were approved by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) today.  The rules lower the level at which public health interventions are initiated for children with blood lead levels from 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) to 5 µg/dL, the same lead reference level used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    “The new lower action level means more children will be identified as having lead poisoning, allowing parents, doctors, public health officials, and communities to take action earlier to reduce the child’s future exposure to lead,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Even low levels of lead in...

  • 20th Dec, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Within the past 24 hours, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of approximately ten individuals transported to area hospitals for respiratory distress or cardiac arrest.  Individuals reported using crack cocaine before experiencing these symptoms.  There has been one death.  These cases have been reported in Chicago and suburban Cook County and law enforcement is investigating.
    While illicit drugs are always harmful, IDPH is cautioning people due to the number of cases over a short period of time and the severity of symptoms.  People who use, or know someone who uses illegal drugs, should seek substance use treatment.  The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Recovery and Treatment offers resources on its website.      

  • 13th Dec, 2018

    IDPH encourages vaccination for people at greatest risk
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting six new cases of hepatitis A within the past week among individuals at high risk for infection.  On average there are 70 cases of hepatitis A reported in Illinois each year.  To date, 75 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide in 2018.  Three of the most recent cases were reported in east-central Illinois, one in central Illinois, and two in suburban Cook County.
    “While we are only slightly above our annual average for the number of hepatitis A cases, the accelerated rate of new cases in Illinois, not only in the past week, but the past month, is concerning,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We encourage those at highest risk for infection, including men who have sex with...

  • 4th Dec, 2018

    IDPH encourages vaccination for people at greatest risk
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of five hepatitis A cases in east-central Illinois during November.  On average there are 70 cases of hepatitis A reported in Illinois each year.  To date, 69 cases of hepatitis A have been confirmed statewide in 2018.
    “These recent cases are a reminder that states across the country, including states bordering Illinois, have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We encourage those at highest risk for infection, including men-who-have-sex with men, homeless individuals, and those who use drugs, to get vaccinated against hepatitis A.”
    Hepatitis A is an infection that can damage the liver, and is passed easily from one person to...