15th Jun, 2015Illinois receives gold certification for 17th year
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. announced today the Illinois State Cancer Registry has received gold certification this year from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. This marks the 17th consecutive year Illinois has received this honor. Only those registries meeting the highest standards are awarded gold certification.
“Illinois State Cancer Registry data allow us to understand the cancer burden and trends in our state and to target our prevention and treatment efforts,” said Director Shah. “I would like to thank and congratulate the cancer registrars from hospitals throughout the state as well as the Illinois State Cancer Registry staff for their...
12th Jun, 2015
CHICAGO – Today, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) met with local healthcare providers and LGBT organizations as part of their ongoing efforts to stop the spread of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). Last week, CDPH identified an outbreak among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chicago. Today’s meeting follows a confirmed fifth IMD case in DuPage County – the first in the Chicago suburbs. This case brings the total number affiliated with the outbreak to five, including one fatality.
IMD causes meningitis and can be deadly if untreated. In response to the outbreak, CDPH and the CDC recommend MSM in Chicago who have anonymous sex partners, use hook-up apps to meet partners or are HIV...
11th Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batches reported in Northern Illinois for 2015. IDPH employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 21, 2015, in Oak Lawn, and another on May 26, 2015 in Evergreen Park – both in Cook County.
“We have confirmed mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus from Southern Illinois to Northern Illinois,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although the county in which you live may not be reporting a West Nile virus positive result, you still need to take precautions as we’re seeing positive results from across the state.”
Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with...
Illinois Department of Public Health Continues Investigation of Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis9th Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) continues to work with local health departments in northern Illinois and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify individuals in Illinois who may have recently been exposed to a person diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB). This person is now a patient at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Maryland. The patient traveled in April from India to the United States through Chicago O’Hare airport.
“We continue to work with our local, state, and federal public health partners to conduct contract tracing to identify individuals who may have had contact with this patient and determine if they should be tested for TB infection,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Anyone who has recently been in...
4th Jun, 2015
DUPAGE COUNTY – The recently appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. will be visiting the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) on June 10 to hear from local leaders about how to improve the health of Illinois residents.
“Improving our public health infrastructure is vital to helping the citizens of Illinois live longer, healthier lives. But public health cannot do it alone, especially when people are faced with challenges like poverty, poor education, housing and environmental factors,” said Director Shah. “The public health community must expand its partnerships to collaborate with city planners, education officials, public, private and for-profit organizations – everyone who plays a role in fostering good health. That is why I’m traveling the state to meet with different officials – to help expand our...
2nd Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in Central Illinois for 2015. Macon County Mosquito Abatement District employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 28, 2015, in Decatur. Last week, IDPH reported the first West Nile virus positive mosquitoes in Illinois this year in St. Clair county.
“As the weather continues to warm up we’re starting to see more mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “There are some simple steps you can take, like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home, which will help reduce your risk of being bit by an infected mosquito.”
Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches,...
2nd Jun, 2015
SPRINGFIELD– The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) observed Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by honoring Asian Americans who have dedicated their lives to public health. Every May, IDPH takes the opportunity to celebrate the rich heritages and histories of this immigrant community by acknowledging the contributions the Asian-Pacific community has made to our Nation's progress.
IDPH awarded six different Asian American Public Health Champions, across the state last month. “The Public Health Champion award reflects the purpose of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and honors remarkable individuals, celebrates their achievements, and recognizes their commitment to improving the health of Illinoisans,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.
The first three awardees were honored at the Wat Lao Budda Smaggi of Elgin on May 16....
29th May, 2015
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in Illinois for 2015. St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch on May 26, 2015, in O’Fallon.
“West Nile virus activity is largely dependent on the weather and with the increased temperatures we’ve been seeing in Southern Illinois, mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are becoming active,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “We want to remind people not to be complacent. Take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”
Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and...
27th May, 2015
Ron E. 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 is honoring Dr. Sally Reynolds, the Emergency Department Medical Director at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago with a special pediatric care Lifetime Achievement 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.
“Dr. Reynolds has devoted her career to improving the outcomes for...
Illinois Department of Public Health Urges Illinoisans to Guard Against Rabies and Diseases Carried By Ticks23rd May, 2015
Simple prevention tips for avoiding illness
SPRINGFIELD - As the weather warms up and people spend more time outdoors, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., reminds residents about the importance of taking precautions against tick and animal bites, which can cause illness.
“Ticks can carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis,” said Director Shah. “Bats and other wild animals can transmit rabies, a virus that affects the nervous system. A bite from ticks, bats, or wild animals can cause severe illness and even death in some cases, so it is important to protect yourself against bites.”
Simple tips to avoid ticks bites include:
- Wear light-colored, protective clothing—long-sleeved shirts, long trousers,...