• 16th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today announced the activation of an Ebola hotline to answer residents’ questions about Ebola 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline number is 800-889-3931.

    Managed by staff from the Illinois Poison Center, hotline operators are able to provide timely information on Ebola and the state’s response. Residents can call any time with questions such as how Ebola is spread, who is at risk of being infected, when should someone go to a doctor, what hospitals and local health departments are doing to identify and control possible Ebola infections and other frequently asked questions.

    Dr. Hasbrouck, joined by local health department, hospital, health care and emergency response officials, will hold a media briefing on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. to provide the latest...

  • 15th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck today is announcing plans to stand up a hotline later this week to answer questions the public may have about Ebola.

    “Although, to date, there have been no persons in Illinois under investigation for suspected Ebola that has warranted testing, we understand there is concern and people have many questions. IDPH will be setting up a hotline to help provide answers to questions the public may have, including who may be infected with Ebola, how is it spread and what can I do to avoid it.

    “After this morning's announcement of a second health care worker at a Texas hospital who provided care for the first U.S. Ebola victim preliminarily tested positive for Ebola, I would like to reassure Illinoisans that IDPH continues to work closely with hospitals and local health departments to...

  • 8th Oct, 2014

    CHICAGO – Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), today briefed the media and public about the state’s preparedness efforts should a case of Ebola be suspected or confirmed in Illinois. At this time, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois.

    "I want to reassure the people of Illinois that the state is reviewing and confirming protocols and plans already in place to ensure our public health systems is able to quickly identify a potential case, evaluate the person and isolate them if needed, implement infection control practices, conduct contact tracing of people potentially exposed to a suspected case, submit specimens for laboratory testing and provide care for the patient," said Dr. Hasbrouck. "If there is a suspected or confirmed case of
    Ebola in Illinois, we will immediately inform the public and...

  • 6th Oct, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck would like to reassure Illinoisans during this Ebola outbreak.

    “We understand there is anxiety surrounding Ebola, but we want to assure the public that the Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with hospitals, local health departments and the CDC to monitor for any potential cases of Ebola in Illinois.
    “People will continue to travel in and out of Illinois and we do expect to see rumors and concerns, but without testing, these are just rumors.  There have been no reports or questions in Illinois that have led to Ebola testing for suspected cases.
    “Illness after travel is not uncommon, and we will take swift and appropriate action for anyone who meets the criteria for testing.
    “We have a strong public health system in Illinois that is...

  • 30th Sep, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – This afternoon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola diagnosis in the United States in a patient in a Texas hospital.  Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck has this statement:

    “While not easily transmittable, Ebola is a very serious virus.  At this time, Ebola does not pose a great health risk to the people of Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health continues to work with the CDC, local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities to be vigilant for Ebola.  IDPH has issued guidance to health care facilities and medical professionals on evaluating patients and lab specimen submission.  Conducting surveillance for diseases, identifying potential cases, implementing infection control measures and stopping the...

  • 26th Sep, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especially children.  Testing of some cases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified an enterovirus, EV-D68.  While there are more than 100 types of enteroviruses, which are very common viruses of respiratory illness, EV-D68 is less common.

    “The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is closely monitoring the increase in respiratory illness found in some hospitals,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “While we are seeing some severe illnesses and take these very seriously, it’s important to know that the steps you can take to avoid becoming ill, and the treatment for this, are similar to those of most illnesses.”

    Enteroviruses are transmitted through close contact with an infected person, or by...

  • 22nd Sep, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2014. The Chicago Department of Public Health reported a woman in her 70’s became ill in July.

    “This first human case is a good reminder that we all need to take precautions,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “The mosquitoes that typically carry West Nile virus, commonly called the house mosquito, are not as noticeable as the swarms of floodwater mosquitoes we see with the heavy rains. Even if it does not look like there are a lot of mosquitoes outdoors, house mosquitoes are stealthy biters so make sure to use insect repellent when you’re outside.”

    A bird collected in Henry County on May 29, 2014 and a mosquito sample collected in Madison County on May 30, 2014 were the first West Nile virus...

  • 22nd Sep, 2014

    SPRINGFIELD – Since Tuesday, September 2, more than 2,000 people began the application process to register for a medical cannabis identification card through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

    “We anticipated a few hundred patients and caregivers would begin registering for a medical cannabis identification card during the first couple of days, but by the end of Thursday more than 2,000 people had started the application process,” said Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Project Coordinator Bob Morgan. “This is a promising sign that the Program is on track to fulfill its key purpose—alleviating the pain and suffering for thousands of Illinoisans.”

    Qualifying patients whose last names begin with A – L have two months (September 2 – October 31) to submit their applications. Patients whose last names begin...