• 24th May, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2019.  DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes on May 21, 2019 in Wayne, Illinois.  No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.
     
    “The recent rains are leaving many pools of water behind, not only in sewer systems under streets and drainage ditches along roads, but in our own backyards,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “As we start to see higher temperatures, we will start to see more West Nile virus activity.  While we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, it is important not to become complacent.  It’s easy to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”  
     
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  • 23rd May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring John Underwood, DO, FACEP, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to pediatric emergency medical care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Dr. Underwood has 40 years of experience as an emergency physician in the Rockford
    area, the last 20 years of which he...

  • 23rd May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Patricia Casey, EMT-P with a special pediatric Community Service Award for her contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Patricia Casey is a long-time paramedic dedicated to improving emergency care for pediatric patients with complex medical needs. 
     
    “As a...

  • 21st May, 2019

    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Community Service
     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring the Village of Barrington Fire Department with a special pediatric Community Service Award for its contributions to childhood care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    “The Village of Barrington Fire Department has been a great partner to Barrington Community Unit School District 220 and the students it serves,” said IDPH...

  • 20th May, 2019
    Annual EMS Hero Awards

     
    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is celebrating National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week, May 19-25, 2019, and EMS for Children Day, May 22, 2019, by recognizing the important contributions and dedication of paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders who provide day-to-day lifesaving services. 
     
    “Emergency workers are willing to put their lives on the line every day to help protect the health and safety of their communities,” said IDPH Acting Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “I want to thank these brave men and women and recognize their courage, time, and dedication.  Please join me in recognizing our emergency workers during National EMS Week.”
     
    The recipients of this year’s Exemplary EMS Instructor Award are...

  • 17th May, 2019
    Department Details Continued Efforts to Increase Vaccination Rates Across Illinois, Including $3.5 Million in Local Grants

     
    SPRINGFIELD – As cases of measles continue to rise across the U.S., the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is taking action to prevent cases of measles and increase vaccination rates. Recent actions range from direct outreach to communities with low vaccination rates, new grants for local health departments, and public education campaigns.
     
    “Vaccines are our most effective and safest tool for combatting disease and our department is deeply committed to helping those who are able get vaccinated,” said Acting IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are actively working to increase vaccination rates in communities with the lowest rates and will continue to engage local health...

  • 16th May, 2019
    Ron W. Lee, M.D. Pediatric Care Award – Lifetime Achievement

     
    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program are honoring Steven Krug, MD, FAAP, with a special pediatric Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to pediatric emergency medical care.  The Ron W. Lee, M.D. – Excellence in Pediatric Care Awards are given annually by IDPH and EMSC to recognize those dedicated to pediatric emergency care and childhood injury prevention initiatives.  Individuals or organizations can be nominated in one of three award categories - Lifetime Achievement, Clinical Excellence, and Community Service.
     
    Dr. Krug currently serves as the chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Disaster Preparedness Council and is...

  • 14th May, 2019
    New comprehensive plan seeks to end HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030

    SPRINGFIELD - Today, Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH),  and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) introduced the Getting to Zero Illinoi s (GTZ-IL) five-year comprehensive plan that details actions to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. As part of the Getting to Zero Illinois collaboration, the plan includes goals and strategies that will reduce new HIV transmissions, support...

  • 3rd May, 2019
    Two patients at University of Chicago Medical Center test positive

     
    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating two clinical cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were both patients at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  The investigation is currently limited to this facility; the general public is not at risk.
     
    IDPH is working with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the hospital to collect information and further investigate these cases, including an on-site joint visit by IDPH and CDPH this week to test the facility’s water.  The hospital has reported to public health officials that it conducts extensive testing of its water and those test results have been negative for the Legionella bacteria.  The individuals were patients...