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

IDPH says it’s not too late to get a flu shot

Vaccines available at both Lansing Walgreens information provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 30, 2018) – The influenza activity level in Illinois remains widespread. The most recent report (click for details) from IDPH shows 1,032 influenza-related ICU admissions, 2 influenza-related pediatric deaths, and 285 influenza outbreaks. This report is updated … Read more

IEMA encourages residents to ‘Resolve to be Ready’ in 2018

Preparedness and safety topics to be highlighted each month information provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (December 29, 2017) – Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, blizzards, and other disasters across the U.S. in 2017 highlighted the importance of being prepared for all types of emergencies. As the New Year begins, the Illinois Emergency Management … Read more