• 10th Jan, 2020

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) are investigating cases of Legionnaires’ disease at two separate nursing homes in Chicago. Two residents at Balmoral Nursing Home and one resident at Admiral at the Lake have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The cases at the two facilities do not appear to be related. Residents at each of the nursing homes were at the facility for the entire 10 days before they started showing symptoms, also known as the exposure period.

    Balmoral Nursing Home has implemented water restrictions and installed water filters in certain areas of the facility. IDPH has collected water samples for testing and is awaiting results. Water samples collected by the facility and tested by its consultant were negative for Legionella bacteria. The facility has provided...

  • 31st Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in a resident at the Illinois Veterans Home – Quincy (IVHQ). The resident has received medical treatment and is recovering at IVHQ. No other cases have been identified and IVHQ continues to follow its plans to monitor residents for respiratory illness. The last case of Legionnaires’ disease at IVHQ was February 2018.

    IDPH infectious disease staff are working with the facility to collect information and further investigate the resident’s illness. IVHQ has notified residents, staff, and families or power-of-attorneys. IVHQ continues to operate a robust water management program and is implementing best practices to control the growth and spread of waterborne pathogens. IVHQ provides additional water...

  • 13th Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. One individual was an inpatient, and the second and third individuals had outpatient visits. These patients could have acquired the infection at the hospital, but they also had other possible sources of exposure during the 10 days before they started showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends public health officials conduct a full investigation into the source of Legionella in a health care facility after identifying two or more cases possibly associated with the facility within 12 months of each other.

    IDPH is working with DCHD and the hospital to collect information and further...

  • 2nd Dec, 2019

    It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

    SPRINGFIELD– If you have not gotten your flu shot, it is not too late. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urges everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated, to get their flu shot this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Just last week Dr. Ezike gave Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton her flu shot in preparation for the winter season. https://www.facebook.com/191905870875836/posts/2544795042253562?vh=e&d=n&sfns=mo

    “The holiday season is in full swing, which can mean holiday parties with friends, family gatherings, or crowds of shoppers all looking for that perfect gift,” said Dr. Ezike. “Being in close quarters with many different people...

  • 25th Nov, 2019

    Give Thanks for Family, Friends, and Food Safety This Thanksgiving

    SPRINGFIELD– Many people look forward to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and everything else that may go with their Thanksgiving meal. But one thing you do not want to go with your meal is bacteria that could cause food poisoning.

    “While most healthy people recover from foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, in a day or two, others can suffer severe illness, including a condition where the kidneys stop working,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “This holiday season, I recommend following several food safety steps to help prevent foodborne illness.”

    First things first - if your frozen turkey is 10 to 15 pounds, you need to take it out of the freezer now in order for it to be completely thawed by Thanksgiving Day. It takes...

  • 22nd Nov, 2019

    Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as public health and regulatory officials in other states to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections possibly linked to lettuce. A total of 40 cases have been identified in 16 states, including one case in Illinois who was hospitalized.

    “Tens of thousands of people get sick every year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses, and approximately 3,000 die,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We will continue to work with state and national health officials to investigate this ongoing outbreak in an effort to...

  • 21st Nov, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fifth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI). At this time, a total of 187 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 40 possible cases in Illinois.

    “Although this resident who recently died had been hospitalized for several weeks, we continue to see new cases reported with recent onset of lung injury,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “I cannot stress enough the severity of these illnesses and the need for people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC while this investigation is...

  • 20th Nov, 2019

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  • 18th Nov, 2019

    U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 18-24, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– Roughly 30% of antibiotics prescribed in medical providers’ offices and emergency rooms are not needed. The over-prescribing and misuse of antibiotics could make the bacteria they are designed to kill resistant to the drug and ineffective for treatment. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike is urging everyone to learn when an antibiotic can help, and when it won’t.

    “Antibiotics are critical to treating many infections and saving lives, but when they are prescribed and taken unnecessarily, they can become less effective,” said Dr. Ezike. “Antibiotics don’t work...

  • 14th Nov, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fourth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI). At this time, a total of 179 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 41 possible cases in Illinois.

    “The growing number of fatalities underscores the severity of these illnesses,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We continue to work with local and federal partners to investigate the cause of this outbreak, and while recent results of lung fluid testing have provided a breakthrough in the investigation, there still may be other causes. We strongly urge...

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