• 20th Sep, 2019

    Governor Supports Legislation to Ban Flavored Vaping Products in the Veto Session

    Illinois Department of Public Health is Conducting Survey to Learn More About Vaping Habits

    As the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to investigate respiratory illnesses associated with vaping, Governor JB Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike are urging members of the public not to use e-cigarettes or vaping devices. People who continue to use e-cigarette products despite this warning should not buy these products off the street, modify e-cigarette products, nor add any substances to these products that are not intended by the manufacturer.

    “There is much more research needed to understand the short and long-term health effects of using e-cigarette products. During this...

  • 14th Sep, 2019

    IDPH and Kane County Health Department continue to investigate the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

    SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently confirmed two community based cases of Legionnaires’ disease in addition to the previously reported cases at Covenant Living at the Holmstad. IDPH is currently investigating this outbreak with the Kane County Health Department (KCHD), in consultation with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of September 13, 2019, IDPH is aware of 14 confirmed cases associated with this outbreak. Twelve cases have been identified among Covenant Living residents, and late Thursday, September 12, 2019, IDPH received reports of two community based cases in Batavia.

    With the identification of two community cases, IDPH has taken additional samples of potential sources...