• 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.      
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  • 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...

  • 3rd Dec, 2018

    National Influenza Vaccination Week December 2-8, 2018
     
    SPRINGFIELD – If you haven’t received a flu shot yet, it’s not too late.  While it’s best to get vaccinated against the flu in October, you can still get a flu shot.  Flu activity is usually highest between December and February, although activity can last as late as May.
     
    “Even healthy people can get the flu,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “And while healthy people may not suffer serious illness from the flu, they can pass the virus to babies too young to be vaccinated, people who have chronic illnesses, and others who may develop serious health problems like pneumonia.  Before you get together with grandkids and grandparents for the holidays, make sure you not only protect yourself from the flu, but your loved ones as well...

  • 30th Nov, 2018

    McHenry Villa water tests positive for Legionella
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent a notice of violation to McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community, regarding a sanitary hazard in its plumbing system.  After three residents of McHenry Villa were confirmed earlier this month to have Legionnaires’ disease, IDPH conducted an investigation, which revealed structural issues with the plumbing system.  Test results have also confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria in the plumbing system.
     
    “Our concern is the health and safety of the McHenry Villa residents,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because this community is similar to an independently operated apartment complex, implementation of water use restrictions is not feasible and correction of the...

  • 26th Nov, 2018

    Goal of More Than $13.4 Million in Donations in One Day
     
    SPRINGFIELD – To help increase donations to nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign.  Forefront is a membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and others.  #ILGive is a statewide movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving.  #ILGive will begin at midnight on November 27 and end 24 hours later as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.
     Last year, Forefront’s statewide campaign helped raise $13.4 million from donors on #GivingTuesday for more than 600 charitable organizations.  This year, Forefront’s goal for #ILGive is to surpass the amount donated by Illinois...

  • 21st Nov, 2018

    Knowing your risks today can lead to a healthier tomorrow
     
    SPRINGFIELD – As many families gather for Thanksgiving, the conversation often drifts toward talking about traits and characteristics that run in their family.  Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day. In recognition, IDPH encourages families to talk about health conditions that run in their own families.
     
    “Tracing your family members’ illnesses can help doctors predict the conditions for which you may be at risk and take steps to keep you healthy,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “In public health, we know that what we can predict, we can ultimately prevent.”
     
    Health care professionals have long recognized that common diseases—such as diabetes or cancer—as well as rare diseases—such...

  • 20th Nov, 2018

    CDC and FDA investigating multistate E.coli outbreak
     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce. 
     
    The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same outbreak strain of E. coli.  There are two individuals in Illinois who have tested positive for this same strain.
     
    CDC is advising people not to eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until CDC learns more about the outbreak.  The investigation is ongoing and CDC will update its advice as more information is available.
     
    Consumers who have any type of...

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