• 25th Nov, 2019

    Give Thanks for Family, Friends, and Food Safety This Thanksgiving

    SPRINGFIELD– Many people look forward to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and everything else that may go with their Thanksgiving meal. But one thing you do not want to go with your meal is bacteria that could cause food poisoning.

    “While most healthy people recover from foodborne illness, typically called food poisoning, in a day or two, others can suffer severe illness, including a condition where the kidneys stop working,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “This holiday season, I recommend following several food safety steps to help prevent foodborne illness.”

    First things first - if your frozen turkey is 10 to 15 pounds, you need to take it out of the freezer now in order for it to be completely thawed by Thanksgiving Day. It takes...

  • 22nd Nov, 2019

    Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Agriculture (USDA), as well as public health and regulatory officials in other states to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections possibly linked to lettuce. A total of 40 cases have been identified in 16 states, including one case in Illinois who was hospitalized.

    “Tens of thousands of people get sick every year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses, and approximately 3,000 die,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We will continue to work with state and national health officials to investigate this ongoing outbreak in an effort to...

  • 21st Nov, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fifth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI). At this time, a total of 187 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 40 possible cases in Illinois.

    “Although this resident who recently died had been hospitalized for several weeks, we continue to see new cases reported with recent onset of lung injury,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “I cannot stress enough the severity of these illnesses and the need for people not to use e-cigarette or vaping products that contain THC while this investigation is...

  • 20th Nov, 2019

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  • 18th Nov, 2019

    U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 18-24, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– Roughly 30% of antibiotics prescribed in medical providers’ offices and emergency rooms are not needed. The over-prescribing and misuse of antibiotics could make the bacteria they are designed to kill resistant to the drug and ineffective for treatment. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike is urging everyone to learn when an antibiotic can help, and when it won’t.

    “Antibiotics are critical to treating many infections and saving lives, but when they are prescribed and taken unnecessarily, they can become less effective,” said Dr. Ezike. “Antibiotics don’t work...

  • 14th Nov, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a fourth Illinois resident who had recently been hospitalized with lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarette or vaping products (EVALI). At this time, a total of 179 people in Illinois, ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old, with a median age of 22, have experienced lung injuries after using e-cigarettes or vaping. IDPH continues to work with local health departments to investigate another 41 possible cases in Illinois.

    “The growing number of fatalities underscores the severity of these illnesses,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We continue to work with local and federal partners to investigate the cause of this outbreak, and while recent results of lung fluid testing have provided a breakthrough in the investigation, there still may be other causes. We strongly urge...