• 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.[1]
    “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...

  • 2nd Nov, 2018

    Grants designed to improve and strengthen Illinois communities
    SPRINGFIELD – The Serve Illinois Commission (Serve Illinois) is reminding communities that funding is available for agencies interested in administering AmeriCorps programs in the state.  The grant places AmeriCorps members in communities to improve education and health care, protect public safety, safeguard the environment, provide disaster relief, and promote civic engagement through service. Last year, Serve Illinois’ AmeriCorps programs invested more than $87 million in Illinois communities and served nearly 400,000 people.
    “Each year, AmeriCorps members dedicate a year of their lives to get things done in Illinois,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of the Serve Illinois Commission. “Members work with disadvantaged youth, veterans and their families, people with...