• 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...

  • 28th Sep, 2018
    Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois) today announced that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state.  The grant places AmeriCorps members in communities to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement through service. Last year, Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps programs invested more than $87 million in Illinois communities and served nearly 400,000 people.
    “Each year, AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in Illinois,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and...

  • 24th Sep, 2018
    Nasal spray a recommended option for 2018-2019 flu season

    SPRINGFIELD – As soon as the influenza (flu) vaccine is available in your community, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends everyone six months and older be vaccinated.  The nasal spray flu vaccine is now a recommended option for influenza vaccination.  During the past two flu seasons, the nasal spray was not recommended due to concern about its effectiveness.  
    “It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “The flu season typically starts around October so we recommend you make plans to get vaccinated now, before flu season begins.”
    Flu activity peaks between December and February, but activity can last as late...

  • 21st Sep, 2018
    Continue to take steps to avoid tick bites

    SPRINGFIELD –The risk of tickborne illness is still out there, even as we head into the fall.  A Kankakee resident recently tested positive for Heartland Virus, the first reported case in Illinois.  Reported cases of Heartland virus disease are relatively rare.  Likely spread by the Lone Star tick, more than 30 cases of Heartland virus disease have been reported in the Midwest and southern United States.
    “We’ve been seeing much warmer weather than usual for this time of the year, which people have taken advantage of by spending time outside,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “While the weather is still warm, continue to take steps to protect yourself from tick bites.”
    Heartland virus was first identified...

  • 5th Sep, 2018

    Hepatitis A outbreaks reported in neighboring states

    SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to prevent hepatitis A outbreaks in Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with almost two dozen local health departments1 around the state to make hepatitis A vaccine more readily available. States across the country, including states bordering Illinois, have been seeing hepatitis A outbreaks. IDPH is not currently reporting any hepatitis A outbreaks.

    “Hepatitis A is an infection that can damage the liver, and is passed easily from one person to another through food, water, drug use, and sex,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “To help prevent people in Illinois from getting hepatitis A, the Illinois Department of Public Health has requested large numbers of hepatitis A vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control and...