IDPH reports first mosquitoes to test positive For West Nile Virus

No human cases reported so far this year information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 30, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed today the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois for 2018. North Shore Mosquito Abatement District staff collected the positive … Read more

Air Pollution Action Day Alert issued for Saturday, May 26

Conditions likely to continue through Memorial Day weekend information provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency CHICAGO, Ill. (May 25, 2018) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert for the Chicago Metropolitan area for Saturday, May 26. Today’s alert includes the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Grundy, … Read more

Updated Illinois sport fish consumption advisory

information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced an updated consumption advisory for sport fish caught in Illinois waters. These changes are the result of continued sampling by the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program and do not suggest that Illinois fish are becoming more … Read more

Pendants may cause radiation exposure

IEMA informs consumers information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 15, 2018) – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is informing consumers that some homeopathic pendants using negative ion technology contain trace amounts of naturally occurring radioactive materials. While the pendants do not pose an immediate health and safety concern, continuous … Read more

Ticks and mosquitos: avoiding the diseases they spread

Lyme disease, spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and West Nile virus are carried by ticks and mosquitos information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 10, 2018) – As the weather warms up, ticks and mosquitoes become more active. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding people about simple precautions they … Read more

Synthetic cannabinoids cause two Chicago-area deaths

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (April 2, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reporting the death of a second individual who experienced severe bleeding and reported using synthetic cannabinoids, often called Spice, K2, or fake weed. To date, IDPH has reports of 56 people—including two deaths—in the Chicago area and in central Illinois who … Read more

IDPH issues warning about synthetic cannabinoids

Six cases of severe bleeding reported information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (March 27, 2018) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is warning people about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids—often called fake weed, K2, and spice—after six people who used synthetic cannabinoids suffered severe bleeding. “Despite the perception … Read more

Valentine’s Day dangers for pets

Chocolate and flowers are both toxic information provided by North Central Veterinary Emergency Center HIGHLAND, Ind. (February 8, 2018) – As Valentine’s Day approaches, veterinarians and other pet specialists are reminding pet owners about the dangers to pets that accompany the holiday. Chocolate Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs, although cats will seldom … Read more

Black HIV infections cut almost in half in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 7, 2018) – In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2018, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is joining organizations, partners, advocates, and individuals around the state to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. From 2000 to 2015, the rate of HIV infection … Read more

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