• 26th Jul, 2016
    Travel guidance for those heading to Brazil for the Olympics

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is offering travel recommendations to help those going to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil protect themselves from the Zika virus. 
    “Because Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects, IDPH wants to urge individuals visiting Brazil to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “This advice also applies to other destinations in the Americas that are currently experiencing and outbreak of Zika virus.  While most people get Zika virus from a mosquito bite, the virus can also be sexually transmitted, so it is important to take...

  • 25th Jul, 2016
    32 grantees will place almost 1,600 AmeriCorps volunteers in communities

    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) today announced approximately $9.2 million in Corporation for National and Community Service federal grants to almost 1,600 volunteers in 32 AmeriCorps programs to better serve Illinois communities.  An additional $6.4 million will support education awards for the volunteers after their service is completed.
    “This year we were able to leverage enough federal funds to expand AmeriCorps’ reach into new counties throughout the state,” said Serve Illinois Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “AmeriCorps members work every day to support thousands of Illinoisans in need including 425,000 disadvantaged youth and 10,000 veterans and military...

  • 19th Jul, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Para visitar a la familia o amigos en lugares donde hay El virus del Zika, se requiere tomar precauciones especiales de salud para viajar porque se pueda quedar tiempo más largo en lugares con menos protecciones contra los mosquitos (por ejemplo, en casas sin mayas metálicas o sin aire acondicionado), o en lugares familiares donde tal vez la gente no tome todas las precauciones para mantenerse saludable.
    “Illinois es un estado muy diverso donde la gente nacida en otros países ha hecho su hogar, pero viaja con frecuencia a su país de origen para visitar a familiares y amigos,” dijo el director del Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois, Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Queremos asegurarnos de que aquellos que viajan a países donde se está propagando el virus del Zika tengan los datos para protegerse contra infecciones.”
    Actualmente, los...

  • 19th Jul, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Visiting friends and family in areas with Zika virus requires taking special health precautions because individuals may stay longer, be in places with fewer protections against mosquitoes (e.g. houses without screens or air conditioning), or be in familiar places where individuals may not take as many precautions to stay healthy.
    “Illinois is a very diverse state where people born in other countries have come to call home, but who may frequently travel to their country of origin to visit friends and family,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “We want to make sure that people traveling to countries where Zika virus is spreading have the facts so that they can protect themselves from becoming infected.”
    Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has documented the spread of...

  • 18th Jul, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Director Alec Messina and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. today announced a plan to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois, like West Nile virus and Zika virus, by removing used tires from public and abandoned properties.

    “Used tires threaten Illinois communities by increasing the risk of disease transmission,” said Illinois EPA Acting Director Alec Messina. “This collaborative effort between IEPA and IDPH will allow us to assist local governments most vulnerable to West Nile virus and the possible spread of Zika virus by removing prime breeding habitats for disease-carrying mosquitoes.”

    Under the plan, Illinois EPA will remove used tires from certain locations across Illinois. The two agencies have divided the state into three priority zones for used...

  • 8th Jul, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the following type “AA” and “A” violations of the Nursing Home Care Act recorded during the second quarter of 2016. 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 Quarterly Report of Nursing Home Violators can be found on IDPH’s website and contains additional information about the violations.


    Grove of Evanston L & R, a 124-bed skilled care facility located at 500 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, has...