• 12th Jul, 2018
    Cyclosporiasis Cases Reported Across Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received confirmation of approximately 90 cases of cyclosporiasis, an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic Cyclospora parasite.  Cases have been reported in counties across Illinois with people becoming ill starting in mid-May.  The initial investigation indicates a link to consumption of McDonald’s salads produced for McDonald’s restaurants.  Approximately one-fourth of Illinois cases reported eating salads from McDonald’s in the days before they became ill.  The Iowa Department of Health has noted a similar increase in cases. 
    “Although a link has been made to salads sold in McDonald’s restaurants in some Illinois cases, public health officials continue to investigate other sources,”...

  • 11th Jul, 2018
    17 Bats Tested Positive for Rabies

    SPRINGFIELD – As bats become more active, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people to beware of potentially rabid bats and other animals.  So far this year, 17 bats have tested positive for rabies. 
    “People can receive preventive treatment if they are exposed to an animal infected with rabies,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D.  “Although most bats are not infected with rabies, it’s important to avoid handling bats, get and keep your pets vaccinated, and make sure your home has no openings where bats can come in.”
    While the number of bats submitted for rabies testing has ranged from 1,300 to 1,700 each year over the past five years, the number testing positive for rabies is typically around three percent.  More bats are...

  • 10th Jul, 2018
    46 Programs Will Place More than 1,800 AmeriCorps Members in Over 70 counties

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) today announced $20 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to place 1,830 AmeriCorps Members in 46 programs to serve Illinois communities.  This is an increase of $2.5 million over last year, allowing AmeriCorps Members to serve in seven additional programs.  These awards include $7.4 million in education awards that AmeriCorps Members can use to pay for college after their term of service.  AmeriCorps programs will match these funds with an additional $15.7 million in local funding.  The total investment into Illinois communities will be $35.7 million.
    AmeriCorps Members dedicate up to one year...

  • 5th Jul, 2018
    Recognition program applications due August 1st 

    SPRINGFIELD – The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial and the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) are now accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards program.  The program gives formal recognition to those who contributed to their community’s quality of life through projects that have strong volunteer support, meet a need, and make a definitive impact.
    “Much of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in Illinois is thanks to community volunteers,” said Governor Rauner.  “As we celebrate Illinois’ bicentennial, it is important to recognize the strong communities and dedicated volunteers who have worked to make Illinois a great state.”
    Interested townships, villages, cities,...

  • 29th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – With hot weather and high humidity forecasted for the next several days, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D. is reminding people about the importance of staying cool in order to avoid heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    “Hot weather can cause heat-related illness which ranges in severity from relatively mild heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.  It’s important for people to recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take action to prevent becoming sick,” said Director Shah.  “Normally, the body cools itself by sweating.  However, if temperatures and humidity are extremely high, sweating is not effective in maintaining the body’s normal temperature.  If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness, which can become serious or even...

  • 28th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Fire up the grill, whip up the potato salad, and know how to keep food safe for the Fourth of July holiday.  Whether you’re grilling out, packing a picnic, or getting a snack together to eat while you watch fireworks, there are some simple steps you can take that will reduce the chance of getting a foodborne illness.
    “One food safety essential is making sure food is at the proper temperature, whether it’s cooking it to the right temperature on the grill, or keeping it cold,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah.  “There is something called the ‘Danger Zone,’ when food sits at a temperature between 40ºF and 140ºF, which is when bacteria grow most rapidly.  Keeping food at the proper temperature, making sure there is no cross-contamination, and keeping hands and utensils clean are key to avoiding foodborne illness.”

  • 25th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been alerted to additional cases of severe bleeding in individuals who used synthetic cannabinoids, commonly called Spice, K2, and fake pot.  The majority of new cases are among Winnebago County residents.  Wisconsin has also recently reported cases.  More than 160 people in Illinois in 15 counties have experienced severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids.  Cases who were tested were found to be positive for brodifacoum, a chemical found in rat poison. 
    “Through continued monitoring, we’ve recently learned of new cases of individuals experiencing severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We don’t know if this is a new batch of drugs or product that has been held back from when we began seeing cases at the end of March, but it...

  • 20th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018.  A Chicago resident in her 60s became ill in mid-May.
    “Because the case occurred earlier in the season than we typically see human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois, IDPH requested additional testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and we received confirmation on June 19,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it’s important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home.”
    The first human case of West Nile virus in 2017 was reported on July 20, 2017.  Last year, 63 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case...

  • 16th Jun, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD - Del Monte is recalling 28 ounce “small veggie trays,” which include broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery and dill dip, that were distributed to Illinois and Indiana.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends throwing out the vegetable tray if you have already purchased it.  The vegetable trays are no longer on store shelves. 
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local officials have been investigating a cluster of cyclosporiasis illnesses associated with recalled Del Monte vegetable trays.  No illnesses have been reported in Illinois.  IDPH will continue to investigate the outbreak along with the FDA and CDC.
    Del Monte reports the recalled products (6, 12, and 28 ounce vegetable trays containing broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip) were...

  • 15th Jun, 2018
    One case identified in Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting one case of Salmonella that matches a multi-state outbreak strain.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 73 cases of Salmonella Mbandaka from 31 states.  The CDC investigation indicates Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® cereal is the likely source of this multi-state outbreak.
    “The Illinois Department of Public Health is urging people to check their cupboards for Kellogg’s® Honey Smacks® and to throw them out if they find them, even if they have already eaten some and have not become sick,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “If you have recently eaten the cereal and experience diarrhea, fever, and cramps, contact your health care provider.”