27th Jun, 2019
Four individuals at Advocate Christ Hospital test positive since 2018
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is investigating four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in individuals who were at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, two of whom were patients within the past two months. The investigation is currently limited to this hospital.
IDPH is working with the hospital to collect information and further investigate these cases, including an on-site visit by IDPH this week to test the facility’s water. The hospital is working with IDPH to strengthen its water management plan and implement multiple control measures.
IDPH has recommended the facility provide information to potentially impacted patients and families about Legionella. Additionally, IDPH recommended that the facility...
17th Jun, 2019Adrenoleukodystrophy added as the 48th disorder
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is rolling out today a test for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) for all newborn babies statewide. ALD is a rare hereditary disorder that affects the brain, nervous system, and adrenal gland. It affects approximately 1 in 20,000 births.
“Babies born with adrenoleukodystrophy have normal brains at birth. However, progression of the disorder without treatment can be fatal,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “By adding ALD to the Illinois newborn screening panel, every baby born in Illinois will be tested for ALD. Babies who test positive for this disorder can then receive therapies during the early stage of the disease.”
Early diagnosis of babies with ALD can lead to...
13th Jun, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health are working cooperatively with the Madison County Health Department and Village of Hamel, Illinois to provide residents with information following a hazardous materials spill in the community.
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at approximately 10:55 a.m., a semi-truck transporting Electric Arc Furnace Dust was involved in an incident at the intersection of West State and Hamel Ave. in Hamel, Illinois. As a result, contents from the trailer were released into the air and onto the ground. The product released was waste from steelmaking or smelting that contains heavy metals. The responsible party has hired an environmental contractor to remediate the area. The contractor is collecting the nearby food stand and its contents for disposal. The contractor is also collecting samples from...
11th Jun, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognizing the Illinois State Cancer Registry as a National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR) Registry of Excellence. The Illinois State Cancer Registry met all of the standards for data quality and completeness.
“I would like to thank and congratulate all those who have worked so hard to make the Illinois State Cancer Registry one of the best in the country,” said Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “The quality, completeness, and timeliness of the cancer data allows not only Illinois, but others to confidently use the data for cancer control activities and to address the physical, emotional, and financial burden of cancer in the U.S.”
The Illinois State Cancer Registry is tasked with the collection, analysis, and reporting of cancer incidence...
6th Jun, 2019
SPRINGFIELD – As flooding continues to impact communities across our state, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Public Health would like to remind volunteer workers to make safety a priority. Volunteers who are filling sandbags to help with the flooding efforts need to make sure they take steps to protect themselves.
• Individuals should wear insect repellent to combat mosquito and tick bites;
• Sunscreen to help prevent sunburn;
• Wear protective footwear (water boots) if working in standing water;