• 28th Nov, 2017

    QUINCY – One resident at the Illinois Veteran’s Home in Quincy (IVHQ) is recovering after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.  The resident was diagnosed while being treated at a local hospital over the weekend and has since been released.  
    The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Public Health continue to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Adams County Health Department to help ensure the safety and well-being of the residents and staff at the home.
    Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment.  As such, the source is rarely identified in cases of Legionnaires’ disease.  The CDC reports there has been a rise in the number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease over the past 15 years, with 6,000 cases reported nationwide in 2015. Approximately 300...

  • 17th Nov, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – Starting with Thanksgiving and going through New Year’s Day, it’s the time of year for family dinners, parties, and other gatherings where food is served.  But the merriment can turn to misery if the food makes you sick.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. 
    “While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.”
    Typical symptoms of foodborne illness include vomiting, diarrhea, and flu-like...

  • 14th Nov, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and its partners – Fifth Street Renaissance and Walgreens, will be providing free health screenings and flu shots in homeless communities in central Illinois starting in November and running into February.
    IDPH will be driving its Wellness on Wheels van to various locations in Decatur, Jacksonville, Quincy, and Springfield in an effort to take health services to people who may not otherwise seek care.  Walgreens will be providing free flu shots and blood pressure screenings.  Fifth Street Renaissance will provide free HIV, hepatitis C, and STD (sexually transmitted disease) testing.

  • 13th Nov, 2017
    U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week – November 13-19, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recognizing U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017, to help decrease the misuse of antibiotics and protect people from the dangers of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Antibiotics do NOT cure viral infections such as colds, flu, most sore throats, most coughs and bronchitis, many sinus infections, and many ear infections. 
    “Antibiotics are crucial in treating many diseases.  However, when antibiotics are used incorrectly or unnecessarily, which happens more than 50 percent of the time according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), bacteria become resistant to antibiotics,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “As bacteria become more resistant to...