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30th Apr, 2019Take action to make sure your child is fully immunized
SPRINGFIELD –This year marks the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). When the NIIW observance was established in 1994, the U.S. was in the midst of several outbreaks, the largest of which was among Illinois and Missouri residents. Decades of increased vaccinations led to the declaration of measles being eliminated in the U.S. in 2000; however, 25 years after the first NIIW, the country is once again seeing measles outbreaks. During NIIW April 27-May 4, 2019, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike is asking parents to talk with a health care provider to ensure their children are fully immunized.
“Because of the success of vaccines in preventing disease, parents may not have heard of...
26th Apr, 2019
Mercy Hospital & Health Center water tests positive for Legionella; Hospital also reports two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients, source under investigation
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients possibly exposed at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago, and a report of Legionella in the facility’s water system. The investigation is currently limited to this facility; the general public is not at risk....
23rd Apr, 2019Department Announces Steps to Increase Accessibility of Vaccines and Expand Outreach and Education Efforts
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is taking steps to increase vaccination rates across the state, in response to Illinois’ seven measles cases and CDC reports of more than 600 cases across the country in 2019, 71 reported last week alone. These steps include increasing accessibility to vaccines, expanding outreach in communities with low vaccination rates, and educating the public on the importance of vaccines....
17th Apr, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport linked to frozen, raw ground tuna supplied by Jensen Tuna.
Jensen Tuna issued a voluntary recall of its frozen ground tuna, which was individually packaged in one-pound bags and sold in 20-pound boxes. According to the FDA, it is unlikely that the recalled ground tuna was sold directly to consumers in grocery stores; rather, it was likely used in food dishes sold by restaurants or retailers.
According to the CDC, 13 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from seven states, including one case in Illinois.
13th Apr, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Carrau linked to pre-cut melon.
Caito Foods, LLC recalled pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and pre-cut fruit medley. For a full list of where the recalled fruit was sold, check the FDA’s website. The recalled pre-cut melons were packaged in clear, plastic clamshell containers and distributed to multiple stores, including independent retailers, so it is important to look at the label and brand information to identify the recalled product.
According to the CDC, 93 cases in nine states have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March, 4, 2019, to March, 31, 2019.
In Illinois, five cases have been...
12th Apr, 2019
IDPH offers recommendations on steps you and health care providers can take
SPRINGFIELD – There is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus called Candida auris (C. auris) that is causing healthcare-associated infections around the world, including the U.S. and in Illinois. Recent media attention is raising awareness of this multidrug-resistant fungus. While this infection is still rare in the U.S. and most people are at low risk of getting infected, IDPH is committed to ensuring Illinoisans and health care providers have the tools they need to stay safe.
“Our top priority at IDPH is keeping Illinoisans healthy and safe and we are working hard to ensure residents have the information and resources they need in response to all emerging health threats,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “Fungal infections...
1st Apr, 2019
National Public Health Week April 1-7, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – While most people think of restaurant inspections when they think of public health, there is so much more. If you have ever used a public swimming pool, gone to a hospital, needed an ambulance, or received a flu shot, you’ve received public health services. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in conjunction with 97 certified health departments across the state, works every day to control infectious diseases, ensure food safety, conduct newborn screenings, provide immunizations, regulate hospitals and nursing homes, compile birth, death, and other statistics, and educate communities on how to live healthier lives. April 1-7, 2019 is National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving...
1st Apr, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – Recognized every year in April, National Minority Health Month is a time to focus on raising awareness about health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minority populations. Supporting this year’s theme, Active & Healthy, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is raising awareness about the important role an active lifestyle plays in keeping people healthy and emphasizing the health benefits of incorporating even small amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity into daily life. Physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases and other conditions that are more common or severe among racial and ethnic minority groups.
“We are committed to the vital work of raising awareness through outreach and education and fostering public/private partnerships across Illinois in order to...
29th Mar, 2019
Scientists Plan on Additional Study as Analysis Shows Inconsistencies in
CHICAGO – In an initial study to determine if there are increased cancer cases in the area surrounding the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) found that some cancers were elevated. The study also found differences and inconsistencies between genders, across the study areas, and among types of cancer. This study was the first of its kind in the country, and scientists recommend further research in Illinois and at the national level to determine the risks associated with ethylene oxide
“Our top priority at IDPH is protecting the health and safety of all Illinoisans, which is why we moved swiftly to release the results of this initial study,” said IDPH Director...
13th Mar, 2019
Bacterial infections lead to investigation and warning
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is warning patients and health care providers about the risk of procedures involving unproven and non-Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stem cell therapies.
“While all medical treatments have benefits and risks, non-FDA approved stem cell therapies have the potential to expose patients to risks without a clear benefit,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi O. Ezike. “If you are considering any stem cell treatment, first find out if the stem cell therapy is approved, and be sure to get all the facts.”
After an investigation of several bacterial infections in patients following the use of stem cell products from the ReGen Series® (...