• 31st Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are investigating a single case of Legionnaires’ disease in a resident at the Illinois Veterans Home – Quincy (IVHQ). The resident has received medical treatment and is recovering at IVHQ. No other cases have been identified and IVHQ continues to follow its plans to monitor residents for respiratory illness. The last case of Legionnaires’ disease at IVHQ was February 2018.

    IDPH infectious disease staff are working with the facility to collect information and further investigate the resident’s illness. IVHQ has notified residents, staff, and families or power-of-attorneys. IVHQ continues to operate a robust water management program and is implementing best practices to control the growth and spread of waterborne pathogens. IVHQ provides additional water...

  • 13th Dec, 2019

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), is investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. One individual was an inpatient, and the second and third individuals had outpatient visits. These patients could have acquired the infection at the hospital, but they also had other possible sources of exposure during the 10 days before they started showing symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends public health officials conduct a full investigation into the source of Legionella in a health care facility after identifying two or more cases possibly associated with the facility within 12 months of each other.

    IDPH is working with DCHD and the hospital to collect information and further...

  • 2nd Dec, 2019

    It’s Not Too Late To Get A Flu Shot

    SPRINGFIELD– If you have not gotten your flu shot, it is not too late. Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike urges everyone six months and older who has not been vaccinated, to get their flu shot this week as part of National Influenza Vaccination Week. Just last week Dr. Ezike gave Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton her flu shot in preparation for the winter season. https://www.facebook.com/191905870875836/posts/2544795042253562?vh=e&d=n&sfns=mo

    “The holiday season is in full swing, which can mean holiday parties with friends, family gatherings, or crowds of shoppers all looking for that perfect gift,” said Dr. Ezike. “Being in close quarters with many different people...