14th Jul, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - With high temperatures expected over the next couple of days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah, M.D., J.D. is urging Illinoisans to take preventive actions to avoid heat-related illness like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick. High heat and humidity can lead to serious health problems,” Director Shah said. “To help your body cope with high temperatures, take steps to stay cool, increase your fluid intake, decrease your activities and wear appropriate clothing.”
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Cooling centers can be found by logging onto http://www.illinois.gov/KeepCool/SitePages/CoolingCenters.aspx.
2nd Jul, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - As we head into the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. urges residents to take a few easy steps to help avoid injury and illness during the summer.
“During the Fourth of July holiday, many people have plans for picnics and pool time. I would like to remind everyone that taking a few simple precautions can help prevent foodborne illness, heat exhaustion and insect bites,” said Director Shah.
FOOD SAFETY – for cookouts and picnics, temperature is key to avoiding foodborne illness.
- Wash hands with soap and water and keep surfaces clean
- Keep hot food hot and cold food cold
- Make sure all meat and poultry are properly cooked
- Refrigerate leftovers within two hours, and if you have doubts, throw it out
26th Jun, 2015
Food, water, safety, and cleaning information
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is urging residents in and around flooded areas to take precautions to help prevent disease and stay safe.
“Flood waters can contaminate food, water, house appliances, and just about anything it touches,” said Director Shah. “To avoid illness it is important for people whose homes have been affected by flooding to make sure their water is safe to drink, to know if food needs to be thrown out, and to clean all items touched by flood waters properly.”
Flood water and sewer overflows can contain bacteria, fecal material, viruses and other organisms that may cause disease. The following information can help protect communities from illness and...
22nd Jun, 2015
Resources available for free, confidential HIV testing in Illinois
Springfield – June 27, 2015, is National HIV Testing Day, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging everyone to utilize resources available statewide to get tested. To that end, IDPH is hosting two events to raise awareness about HIV and the importance of knowing your HIV status:
- On June 26, 2015, IDPH will provide HIV Awareness information at the Illinois State Capitol Building located at 2nd and Capitol Streets in Springfield.
- On June 27, 2015, IDPH will host an HIV testing and awareness event in Dreamland Park, 2300 Taylor Ave., Springfield, IL, featuring confidential HIV testing and other health screenings from 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Both of these events are free and open to the public.
The Centers for Disease Control...
15th Jun, 2015Illinois receives gold certification for 17th year
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced today the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. This marks the 17th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor. Only those registries meeting the highest standards are awarded gold certification.
“Illinois State Cancer Registry data allow us to understand the cancer burden and trends in our state and to target our prevention and treatment efforts,” said Director Shah. “I would like to thank and congratulate the cancer registrars from hospitals throughout the state as well as the Illinois State Cancer Registry staff for their...
12th Jun, 2015
CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) met with local healthcare providers and LGBT organizations as part of their ongoing efforts to stop the spread of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). Last week, CDPH identified an outbreak among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chicago. Today’s meeting follows a confirmed fifth IMD case in DuPage County – the first in the Chicago suburbs. This case brings the total number affiliated with the outbreak to five, including one fatality.
IMD causes meningitis and can be deadly if untreated. In response to the outbreak, CDPH and the CDC recommend MSM in Chicago who have anonymous sex partners, use hook-up apps to meet partners or are HIV...
11th Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batches reported in Northern Illinois for 2015. IDPH employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 21, 2015, in Oak Lawn, and another on May 26, 2015 in Evergreen Park – both in Cook County.
“We have confirmed mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus from Southern Illinois to Northern Illinois,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although the county in which you live may not be reporting a West Nile virus positive result, you still need to take precautions as we’re seeing positive results from across the state.”
Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with...
Illinois Department of Public Health Continues Investigation of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis9th Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local health departments in northern Illinois and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify individuals in Illinois who may have recently been exposed to a person diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). This person is now a patient at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Maryland. The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O’Hare airport.
“We continue to work with our local, state, and federal public health partners to conduct contract tracing to identify individuals who may have had contact with this patient and determine if they should be tested for TB infection,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Anyone who has recently been in...
4th Jun, 2015
DUPAGE COUNTY – The recently appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. will be visiting the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) on June 10 to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
“Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives. But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah. “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health. That is why I’m traveling the state to meet with different officials – to help expand our...
2nd Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in Central Illinois for 2015. Macon County Mosquito Abatement District employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 28, 2015, in Decatur. Last week, IDPH reported the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in Illinois this year in St. Clair county.
“As the weather continues to warm up we’re starting to see more mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “There are some simple steps you can take, like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home, which will help reduce your risk of being bit by an infected mosquito.”
Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches,...