• 14th Sep, 2019

    IDPH and Kane County Health Department continue to investigate the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently confirmed two community based cases of Legionnaires’ disease in addition to the previously reported cases at Covenant Living at the Holmstad. IDPH is currently investigating this outbreak with the Kane County Health Department (KCHD), in consultation with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of September 13, 2019, IDPH is aware of 14 confirmed cases associated with this outbreak. Twelve cases have been identified among Covenant Living residents, and late Thursday, September 12, 2019, IDPH received reports of two community based cases in Batavia.

    With the identification of two community cases, IDPH has taken additional samples of potential sources...

  • 30th Aug, 2019

    MANTENO – This afternoon, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) learned that a case of Legionnaires’ disease was identified in a resident at the Manteno Veterans’ Home (IVHM) and notified all residents, families, and staff. The resident is being treated and is in stable condition.

    “Nothing matters more than providing the utmost care for our veterans,” said Linda Chapa LaVia, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. “Our staff has taken swift action. We will continue to monitor this case and be diligent in our efforts to communicate with our resident heroes, their families, and our valued staff.”

    At the time of diagnosis, IVHM immediately implemented its response plan as part of its water management program. A thermal treatment response has been completed on the entire building to provide an enhanced level of protection for all...

  • 23rd Aug, 2019

    Number of respiratory cases in Illinois doubles

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) learned of the death of an individual who had recently vaped and was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. The number of cases of people reported to IDPH who have used e-cigarettes or vaped and have been hospitalized with respiratory symptoms has doubled in the past week. A total of 22 people, ranging in age from 17-38 years, have experienced respiratory illness after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH is working with local health departments to investigate another 12 individuals. Affected individuals have experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some also experienced vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the...

  • 20th Aug, 2019

    Two Confirmed Cases of Legionnaires’ Disease Linked to AmericInn in Schaumburg, Illinois
    IDPH and Cook County Department of Public Health continue to investigate the Legionnaires’ disease cluster

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently linked two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease to the AmericInn by Wyndham Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, and is currently investigating the cluster with the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). Both confirmed cases reported use of water in their guest rooms, the hot tub, and pool during hotel stays in July and August, 2019. IDPH and CCDPH conducted an environmental investigation of the hotel on August 15, 2019. The AmericInn voluntarily closed its hot tub and pool during the investigation and they will remain closed...

  • 20th Aug, 2019

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating 9 confirmed communicable respiratory illnesses and 3 possible illnesses among residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home – Quincy (IVHQ). Symptoms were exhibited by residents during the period of July 24, 2019 – August 10, 2019.

    Current investigative findings suggest a common bacterial or viral cause, which tend to occur with greater frequency at this time of year due to seasonal uptick. The Adams County Health Department is also assisting in this investigation to identify and mitigate possible sources of the respiratory illnesses. Legionella is not suspected as the cause.

    IVHQ has alerted all patients, family, and staff about the rise in the number of illnesses. IDPH is assisting with the investigation, providing guidance on clinical...

  • 14th Aug, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019. A Chicago resident in his 70s became ill in late July.

    “Although the first human case of West Nile virus this year in Illinois has been reported a little later than we typically see, it is important to remember that there is an ongoing risk of disease from a mosquito bite,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “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.”

    Last year, 74 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird, horse, and/or human case. For the 2018 season, IDPH reported 176 human cases (although human cases are underreported), including 17 deaths....

  • 14th Aug, 2019

    Protect yourself from tick bites

    SPRINGFIELD– Last summer, a Kankakee County resident tested positive for Heartland virus, the first case reported in Illinois. In response to this human case, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) collaborated with the Illinois Natural History Survey Medical Entomology Laboratory (INHS MEL) and Kankakee County Health Department to conduct the first environmental health investigation to a novel tickborne disease case. Ticks were collected from the area and sent to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Heartland virus testing. Heartland virus was detected in Lone Star ticks collected from Kankakee County.

    “Bites from Ticks can result in multiple types of infections, which can cause serious illness in some people,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “It is...

  • 9th Aug, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of six young people experiencing severe breathing problems after vaping, and is investigating five more individuals.  These individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue. Some also experienced vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. 
     
    “IDPH is working with local health departments and hospitals to investigate reported cases of hospitalized individuals with unexplained respiratory illness and a history of vaping,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, but these recent hospitalizations have shown that there is the potential for immediate health consequences.”
     
    IDPH is also working with local...

  • 5th Aug, 2019
    You have the power to prevent disease

    SPRINGFIELD – It is time to get kids ready for #VaxToSchool. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches and you start on your back-to-school plans, make sure your kids are up-to-date on their required vaccinations.  Use the hashtag #VaxToSchool on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to encourage others to do the same.

    “We are currently seeing the greatest number of measles cases reported in the United States since 1992, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “This record number of cases is a reminder of the importance of continued vaccination.  Help kids stay healthy as they head #VaxToSchool and make sure they are protected from 14 vaccine preventable diseases.”

    The immunization...

  • 2nd Aug, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with local health departments to investigate the hospitalization of three young people who experienced severe breathing problems after vaping.  Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported 11 confirmed and seven suspected cases of severe pulmonary disease among adolescents, some of whom had to be intubated, who reported vaping.  These identified individuals experienced respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue.  Symptoms worsened over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital.  

    “Vaping among teens has increased dramatically over the last several years,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “While the short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, these recent hospitalizations heighten the need for parents talk with their teens about...

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