• 20th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a fourth laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ).  The positive test result was confirmed earlier today.  The resident is in stable condition.
    Representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) returned to the home in Quincy last week, at the request of IDPH, to provide additional support and guidance.  Staff from CDC are working with IVHQ and IDPH staff to:

    • Conduct environmental and epidemiological assessments to identify potential exposure sources;
    • Augment clinical testing protocols for individuals with respiratory symptoms to include not only testing for Legionella, but also influenza and other respiratory viruses;
    • Conduct clinical and...
  • 15th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a third laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ). The positive test result was reported late yesterday.  The resident is in stable condition.
    IDVA is boosting disinfection levels in its water to further reduce any potential exposure to residents or staff.  IDVA is also implementing modified water restrictions across the IVHQ campus, including:

    • Installing Laminar flow devices on all sinks.  This filter reduces the aeration of the water as it flows from the faucet. 
    • Limiting bathing to showers only, which are protected with legionella blocking Pall filters. 
    • Instituting temperature checks every two hours while residents are awake, and full vitals every four...
  • 12th Feb, 2018

    QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting two laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease among Illinois Veterans’ Home residents.  Both residents are at the Illinois Veterans Home Quincy (IVHQ) and are doing well. 
    After learning of the lab-confirmed cases, IVHQ engineering staff immediately removed faucets from the residents’ rooms and collected water samples and mixing valves to analyze for the presence of Legionella bacteria.  Staff also increased water temperatures and flushed fixtures to provide an enhanced level of protection for residents. 
    The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and IDPH continue to collaborate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Adams County Health Department to coordinate the safety and well-being of the residents and staff at the home.  An...

  • 7th Feb, 2018
    Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and for-profit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.
    “Each year, millions of Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”
    Serve Illinois will present...

  • 7th Feb, 2018
    National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

    SPRINGFIELD – In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining organizations, partners, advocates, and individuals around the state to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. From 2000 to 2015, the rate of HIV infection among blacks decreased by 46 percent. However, as new HIV infections in Illinois plateaued in 2015, for every 100,000 black people in the state, 40 were still diagnosed with HIV (compared to 3.6 per 100,000 among whites) and more troubling, among young black gay men. Of the 224 deaths from HIV/AIDS in Illinois in 2015, 140 were among blacks.

    “While we have made great strides in reducing HIV infection in Illinois, African...

  • 25th Jan, 2018
    Flu continues to circulate

    SPRINGFIELD – The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread.  Similar to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports the number of influenza-related ICU admissions, influenza-related pediatric deaths, and influenza outbreaks.  The most recent report shows 1032 influenza-related ICU admissions, two influenza-related pediatric deaths, and 285 influenza outbreaks.  Weekly reports can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/influenza/surveillance.   
    “The most common influenza strain circulating in Illinois and across the country has been an influenza A strain¾H3N2,...

  • 23rd Jan, 2018

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the 2017 Fourth 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 fourth quarter of 2017.  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....

  • 19th Jan, 2018
    Illness associated with sprouts served at Jimmy John’s

    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 investigating a recent cluster of Salmonella ser. Montevideo infections.  Two cases have been identified in Illinois residents.  People in Illinois reported becoming ill on December 20 and 26, 2017.  Based on a review of produce, suppliers, and items consumed, investigators believe the most likely source of the infection is sprouts from multiple Jimmy John’s locations.  
    To reduce the risk to additional customers, IDPH has requested that all Jimmy John’s restaurants in Illinois remove sprouts from their menus until the investigation is...

  • 17th Jan, 2018
    Contact a health care provider if you think you were exposed

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting a second confirmed case of measles.  This case of measles is unrelated to the case IDPH reported on January 14, 2018. 
    It is important to note that these two individuals did not become infected while at O’Hare airport, but had already contracted measles.  There is not a measles outbreak at O’Hare airport.  The newly reported case, who was infectious at the time, was at the locations listed below.  Two hours have been added to the time after the individual left.  The measles virus can linger in the air and on surfaces hours after an infected individual leaves the area.

  • 14th Jan, 2018
    Contact a health care provider if you think you were exposed

    SPRINGFIELD – On January 10, 2018, a passenger on an international flight with a confirmed case of measles arrived in Terminal 5 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport and departed on a domestic flight from Terminal 1.  The passenger, who was infectious on that day, may have traveled to other areas of the airport.  Measles is highly contagious.
    People may have been exposed to measles if they were at O’Hare International Airport between 6:30AM and 1:00PM on January 10, 2018.  Most individuals are vaccinated routinely in childhood and are not at high risk.  Of most of concern are people who have not been vaccinated.  Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior...