30th Nov, 2018
McHenry Villa water tests positive for Legionella
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has sent a notice of violation to McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community, regarding a sanitary hazard in its plumbing system. After three residents of McHenry Villa were confirmed earlier this month to have Legionnaires’ disease, IDPH conducted an investigation, which revealed structural issues with the plumbing system. Test results have also confirmed the presence of Legionella bacteria in the plumbing system.
“Our concern is the health and safety of the McHenry Villa residents,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Because this community is similar to an independently operated apartment complex, implementation of water use restrictions is not feasible and correction of the...
26th Nov, 2018
Goal of More Than $13.4 Million in Donations in One Day
SPRINGFIELD – To help increase donations to nonprofit organizations throughout the state, the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is joining Forefront in its #ILGive campaign. Forefront is a membership association for nonprofits, grantmakers, public agencies, advisors, and others. #ILGive is a statewide movement to support nonprofit communities in Illinois by increasing individual giving. #ILGive will begin at midnight on November 27 and end 24 hours later as part of the nationwide #GivingTuesday campaign.
Last year, Forefront’s statewide campaign helped raise $13.4 million from donors on #GivingTuesday for more than 600 charitable organizations. This year, Forefront’s goal for #ILGive is to surpass the amount donated by Illinois...
21st Nov, 2018
Knowing your risks today can lead to a healthier tomorrow
SPRINGFIELD – As many families gather for Thanksgiving, the conversation often drifts toward talking about traits and characteristics that run in their family. Each year since 2004, the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day. In recognition, IDPH encourages families to talk about health conditions that run in their own families.
“Tracing your family members’ illnesses can help doctors predict the conditions for which you may be at risk and take steps to keep you healthy,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “In public health, we know that what we can predict, we can ultimately prevent.”
Health care professionals have long recognized that common diseases—such as diabetes or cancer—as well as rare diseases—such...
20th Nov, 2018
CDC and FDA investigating multistate E.coli outbreak
SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce.
The CDC reports that 32 people in 11 states have been infected with the same outbreak strain of E. coli. There are two individuals in Illinois who have tested positive for this same strain.
CDC is advising people not to eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until CDC learns more about the outbreak. The investigation is ongoing and CDC will update its advice as more information is available.
Consumers who have any type of...
19th Nov, 2018
Public Health Thank You Day November 19, 2018
SPRINGFIELD – Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins leading public health organizations to thank those whose work has made a difference in protecting the health of Illinoisans. Public Health Thank You Day recognizes public health professionals who are committed to protecting the health, safety, and wellness of our communities.
“Public health professionals work 365 days a year to protect Illinois residents, whether that be through nursing home regulation, outbreak management, health equity, data analysis, or one of the many other vital roles IDPH plays,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Their work as dedicated professionals makes me proud to lead IDPH.”
In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant, required hospital or nursing home...
15th Nov, 2018
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), working closely with the McHenry County Health Department, has confirmed three cases of Legionnaires’ disease at McHenry Villa, an independent senior living community.
“Legionnaires’ disease does not spread from person to person,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “IDPH is investigating possible sources, identifying individuals who may have been exposed, and recommending remediation and prevention measures.”
Public health officials confirmed the third case today. McHenry Villa is notifying residents, the residents’ identified contact, and staff. All three cases had outside exposures, and two of the cases had potential exposures at Centegra Hospital-McHenry. Public health officials will continue to investigate any other potential sources.
Separately, the Warren...
13th Nov, 2018
IDPH Offers Tips For Safe Holiday Cooking
SPRINGFIELD – Whether you are making a signature dish or trying something new this holiday season, the secret ingredient is always food safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 48 million people a year get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die.
“While most healthy people who become sick with a foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, will get better without seeing a doctor, others can experience severe illnesses,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “By taking a few simple precautions, you can help protect yourself and those around you from an unhappy holiday.”
To make sure foodborne illness is not on the menu at your holiday party, adhere to the...
9th Nov, 2018
Antibiotic Awareness Week November 12-18, 2018
SPRINGFIELD –Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections. However, antibiotics are often used when they should not, which can cause them to stop working. Up to 50 percent of all prescribed antibiotics are not needed or are not effective as prescribed. Each year in the United States, at least two million people become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 die.
“Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Antibiotic resistant bacteria are much deadlier and more difficult to treat. Taking...
8th Nov, 2018
Ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion November 15, 2018
SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Commission) will present 23 localities with honors for the 2018 Governor’s Hometown Awards program during a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion on November 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need, and made a definitive impact.
“We are pleased that through the preliminary round of judging, 23 localities have been recognized as either cup finalists, project winners, or project honorable mentions of the program,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland. “The judges saw a variety of community service projects during...
7th Nov, 2018
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting that of the 16 people under investigation for Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) in Illinois this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed three cases, classified one as probable AFM, and declared two not to be AFM cases. Ten cases remain under investigation. The 16 individuals are from northern and central Illinois, and all but one patient is under 18 years of age. Additional information, including specific location, is not available.
IDPH continues to work with health care providers to collect necessary information to send to CDC, which reviews the information to confirm if the case will be classified as AFM. IDPH encourages providers to report suspected cases to their local health department.
AFM is a very rare neurological condition. The...