Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Jan 10, 2012 Radon Gas Causes More Than 20,000 Lung Cancer Deaths in the Country Each Year
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to Test Their Homes with Free Radon Test Kit

CHAMPAIGN, IL - January is National Radon Action Month and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages citizens to learn more about the threat of radon and to test their homes for the presence of radon. CUPHD has a limited number of FREE radon test kits available for residents of Champaign County. Test kits may be picked up at the Environmental Health Division of CUPHD located at 201 West Kenyon Road in Champaign; kits are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Test kits are available while supplies last.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), exposure to indoor radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United... more...

Jan 4, 2012 Smoking Cessation Classes Give Additional Assistance in 2012
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Provides Tools to Help Reach Goals in the New Year

CHAMPAIGN, IL - For anyone who is interested in quitting smoking for the New Year, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) can provide additional assistance this year. CUPHD is extending opportunities to make quitting even more successful.

The annual Freedom From Smoking program is scheduled to begin January 17, 2012. The eight-week program helps participants because they work together with other quitters to develop and execute their own individualized "Quit Plan". This year's program allows for double the amount of nicotine patches that participants have previously received. The program used to include a four-week supply of nicotine patches for participants, only half of what most people need to help them successfully quit. After that, participants were expected to purchase the remaining needed patches on their own; but now, the program provides the full eight... more...

Dec 15, 2011 Whooping Cough Outbreak Coincides with Changes to Immunization Requirement
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Expands Tdap Vaccine Offerings

Champaign, IL - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recently adopted changes for immunization requirements. IDPH has amended its policy to comply with recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to provide additional protection to infants against pertussis. Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease that is caused by the bacterium Bordetella pertussis.

Any child entering the sixth grade will need to show proof of receiving one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose. Students entering grades seven through 12 who have not already received the Tdap vaccination are required to receive one dose regardless of the interval since the last DTaP, DT or Td dose. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that the... more...

Dec 8, 2011 Holiday Party Hints for Avoiding Food Poisoning
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

The Do's and Don'ts when it comes to holiday gatherings

SPRINGFIELD - Fancy dips, tempting hors d'oeuvres and delightful desserts are some of the culinary treats we see at holiday dinners, office parties or other celebrations. However, those get-togethers could result in food poisoning if you are not careful. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year roughly one in six Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. In Illinois, it is estimated that as many as 250,000 cases of foodborne illness may occur each year. However, because these illnesses can be mild and because the vast majority of them occur in the home, many go unreported.

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Nov 30, 2011 December 1st is World AIDS Day
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Everyone to Get Tested

Champaign, IL - Annually, December 1st is observed as World AIDS Day in an effort to raise awareness of the global impact of HIV/AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that more than one million people are living with HIV in the United States and 33.4 million worldwide. More than 18,000 people with AIDS die each year in the U.S.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages people to get tested and know their status. The CDC estimates that of the one million people living in the United States with HIV, one in five is unaware of their infection. According to Candi Crause, Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Management, "HIV is 100% preventable. The key to overcoming this epidemic is to not only educate people on the facts of HIV/AIDS but to open the lines of communication. HIV spreads through silence and... more...

Nov 21, 2011 Unwanted Thanksgiving Guest - Foodborne Illness
This press release is from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

SPRINGFIELD - Avoid spending this holiday season feeling ill because of unwanted guests such as Salmonella, Listeria or E. coli (Escherichia coli O157:H7) bacteria. There are some simple things you can do to avoid foodborne illness.

"Two of the most important things to remember for a safe Thanksgiving feast are to make sure to fully thaw and cook the turkey, and properly wash with soap and warm water your hands, utensils and anything else that comes into contact with raw meats or juices," said Dr. Craig Conover, Illinois Department of Public Health acting... more...

Nov 3, 2011 IDPH Local Health Protection Grant Review
The Local Health Protection Grant (LHPG) review (77 ILL> Admin. Code 615) has been completed for your health department's three environmental programs - Food Protection, Potable Water Supplies, and Private Sewage Disposal for calendar year 2009. The findings for the LHPG Compliance Review conducted this spring are shown below. A copy of the LHPG compliance review for each section is attached to this letter and specific recommendations from the review staff may also be... more...

Oct 24, 2011 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - October 23-29, 2011 Protecting our Children
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

SPRINGFIELD - Almost a quarter of a million children in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) identified approximately 3,300 Illinois children last year with elevated blood lead levels, one of the highest numbers in the country. In observance of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, IDPH is working to raise awareness about the importance of testing children and homes for lead, and learning how to prevent exposure that can result in serious health... more...

Oct 6, 2011 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Women to Get a Mammogram for Early Detection

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) offers support of the State of Illinois' proclamation setting forth October 2011 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and October 21, 2011 as Mammography Day. A mammogram is the best way to detect breast cancer and early detection can result in successful treatment.

According to Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), early detection through screening is the best defense against morbidity and mortality from breast cancer. Breast cancer is second to skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Breast cancer is second to lung cancer as the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. The encouraging news is breast cancer is curable if found in the earliest stages. The 5-year survival rate for localized breast cancer detected... more...

Oct 3, 2011 Additional Cats Test Positive for Tularemia
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to be Keep Cats Indoors to Help Minimize Tularemia

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is encouraging area residents to keep cats indoors to reduce the likelihood of contracting tularemia. An additional two cats have been confirmed to test positive for tularemia; one cat from Champaign and one from Urbana. Three cats from two households in Savoy were previously diagnosed with tularemia at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in July and September. Four of the five cats have either died or been euthanized due to the onset of the disease. Tularemia is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis found in animals (especially rodents, rabbits and hares).

Cats may prey on rabbits and rodents and become infected or they may become infected through tick exposure. Cats may develop a variety of symptoms including high fever, mouth ulcers, depression,... more...