• 18th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters.  These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more or less contaminated.
    “We encourage people to enjoy fishing in Illinois lakes and rivers, but want to make sure you have information about eating fish that are caught in Illinois waters.  The advisories are not meant to discourage people from eating fish, but should be used as a guideline to help anglers and their families decide the types of fish to eat, how frequently, and how to prepare fish for cooking to reduce possible contaminants,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. 
    There is no known immediate health hazard from eating contaminated fish...

  • 16th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – Based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching an Infant at Work pilot program that will allow eligible mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring their infants to work in the early months of parenthood. 
     “The Infant at Work program will provide numerous benefits for participants, including healthy infant brain development, parental well-being, and critical bonding,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Promoting health and wellness is a pillar of IDPH and we want to lead by example.”
    The program, which has been successful in other states around the country, was developed with input from the IDPH Office of Women's Health and Family Services as well as parents with infants, is designed to lower daycare...

  • 10th May, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – As the weather warms up, we’re starting to see ticks and mosquitoes.  The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about simple precautions they can take to avoid bites. 
    “Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease, spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis, while mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “These diseases can cause anywhere from mild to severe illness, and even death in some cases.  To protect yourself from both, use insect repellent that contains DEET and follow some simple precautions.” 
    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, disease cases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the U.S. during the 13 years from 2004 through 2016.  Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in Illinois have...

  • 7th May, 2018
    Students getting ready to head home

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting four laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps among students at Western Illinois University (WIU).  IDPH has been working with the McDonough County Health Department and Beu Health Center at WIU to investigate and contain the cases.
    “Western Illinois University, in partnership with the McDonough County Health Department, has done an excellent job of informing students on how to avoid contracting mumps and what they should do if they begin to have symptoms,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Because classes are ending this week, it’s important to share this information with the public so they can take precautions.  Mumps is contagious and can be spread person-to-person, unlike some other...

  • 25th Apr, 2018
    Eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, measles cases being seen again

    SPRINGFIELD – After two individuals with measles traveled through Chicago O’Hare airport earlier this year, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is asking parents to talk with a health care provider during National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28, 2018, to make sure their children are fully immunized.
    “Children can suffer serious illness when exposed to diseases like measles, mumps, and pertussis,” said Director Shah.  “Although vaccines are among the most successful, safest, and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death, some people still chose not to be vaccinated.  That is why it is important that you protect your child against serious illness by having...

  • 24th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the fourth death connected to synthetic cannabinoid use.  The most recent death was a woman in her 30s in central Illinois.  Two men, one in his 20s and another in his 40s, have also died in central Illinois.  A Chicago-area man in his 20s also passed away.  More than 150 people in Illinois in 13 counties have been sickened by synthetic cannabinoids laced with rat poison. 
    “We continue to see new cases of individuals experiencing severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Like so many other drugs, synthetic cannabinoids are addictive and people are not able to give them up.  Alternatively, they think that it won’t happen to them because they know their dealer or trust wherever they purchased the drugs.  If you know someone who uses...

  • 23rd Apr, 2018
    Bausch Foundation y Valeant donan vitamina K

    SPRINGFIELD - El Departamento de salud pública de Illinois (IDPH por sus siglas en inglés) ha estado trabajando con la fundación Bausch Foundation, la organización caritiva independiente de Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (Valeant) para conseguir una donación de casi 800,000 tabletas de vitamina K. Las tabletas proporcionarán tratamiento para personas que han sufrido una hemorragia severa después de usar cannabinoides sintéticos (alternativa legal a la marihuana usualmente llamada “spice”, “K2”, etc.) contaminada/mezclada con veneno para ratas. Brodifacum es una sustancia química que se encuentra en el veneno para ratas, previene la coagulación sanguínea lo cual resulta en hemorragia severa. Las dosis altas de vitamina K tomadas durante varios meses pueden ayudar a restaurar la...

  • 23rd Apr, 2018
    The Bausch Foundation and Valeant donate Vitamin K

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been working with the Bausch Foundation, the independent charitable organization of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (Valeant) to secure a donation of nearly 800,000 tablets of vitamin K.  The tablets will provide treatment for people who have suffered severe bleeding after using synthetic cannabinoids (spice, K2, etc.) laced with rat poison.  A chemical found in rat poison, brodifacoum, prevents blood from clotting, resulting in severe bleeding.  High doses of vitamin K taken over several months can help restore the blood’s ability to clot.
    “Governor Bruce Rauner and IDPH would like to thank the Bausch Foundation and Valeant for this significant donation of vitamin K to IDPH. ...

  • 20th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other state and local health departments, is expanding its investigation of a multi-state cluster of E. coli infections to include not only chopped romaine lettuce, but full heads and hearts of romaine lettuce.
    Information collected to date indicates that romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.  At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.  However, the investigation now not only encompasses chopped romaine lettuce, but all romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region.
    One case linked to the outbreak has been identified in Illinois.  To date, 53 other...

  • 19th Apr, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2018 First Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators is now posted on IDPH’s website.  The report contains additional information about the violations.
    The facilities listed below were cited with type “AA” or “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act processed during the first quarter of 2018.  An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.  An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result, or has resulted.
    The following facilities were cited for “A” violations....