• 23rd Dec, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) yesterday epidemiologically linked two cases of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago. On December 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified IDPH of one case in an out-of-state patient who received treatment at NMH in November. IDPH linked that case with a separate patient who was at NMH in May.

    IDPH is working with NMH, the Chicago Department of Public Health, and the CDC on the following actions:

    • Providing guidance on what patients to test and when
    • Reviewing all pneumonia cases that occurred on the floors where the two patients stayed
    • Discuss flushing protocols on the floors where the two patients stayed
    • Discuss expanding use of filters for shower heads and sink on the floors where the two patients stayed...
  • 22nd Dec, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Thursday evening that 47 of 48 environmental samples taken at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy (IVHQ) tested negative for Legionella bacteria.  The single positive water sample was collected prior to passing through a showerhead, which contains a point-of-use filter that is validated for the removal of Legionella.  The CDC temporarily removed the showerhead to access the piping interior, pre-filtration, to determine whether Legionella was present in the water system behind the filter.  Patients using that shower would be protected from exposure to Legionella by the physical barrier of the filter.
    In 2017, five residents at IVHQ and one employee have tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease.  Three...

  • 21st Dec, 2017

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has posted two Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports addressing the Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ).  CDC generated the reports after two visits by environmental health and infectious disease specialists to IVHQ.  IDPH requested Epidemiologic Assistance (Epi-Aid) from the CDC after confirming an increase in Legionella cases in August 2015, and again in 2016.  The CDC also visited IVHQ earlier this month and a summary of that visit is pending.  These reports address the complexities of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak and how the State of Illinois has taken appropriate action.
    The CDC describes the State’s diligent response and efforts to help protect the health and safety of veterans and IVHQ staff and visitors, noting:

  • 5th Dec, 2017

    Elizabeth Tomev
    Video of the event will be posted here.

    Governor’s opioid task force delivers programs to attack overdose surge

    CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today announced the launch of a statewide helpline to provide immediate assistance for those impacted by addiction to opioids and other substances.

    The helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists...

  • 1st Dec, 2017
    It’s not too late to get a flu shot

    SPRINGFIELD – Influenza (flu) activity is starting to increase across the country just as friends and family are coming together for the holidays.  Getting a flu shot is the best line of defense when it comes to protecting yourself, and those around you, from getting the flu.
    The flu causes millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States.  The majority of hospitalizations and deaths occur in people 65 years and older, but even healthy young children and younger adults can have severe disease or even die from influenza.
    “One of the biggest myths about getting a flu shot is that is that it gives you the flu.  I’m here to say it has been scientifically proven that...