Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Aug 19, 2010 Egg Recall Due to Salmonella Expanded
From the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Impacted brands: Albertson, Boosmsma, Dutch Farms, Farm Fresh, Glenview, Hillandale, James Farms, Kemps, Lucerne, Lund, Mountain Dairy, Pacific Coast, Ralphs, Shoreland, Sunshine, Trafficanda

SPRINGFIELD - Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa today is expanding its voluntarily recall of eggs produced by its farms because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Eggs affected by this recall are packaged under the following brand names: Albertson, Boosmsma, Dutch Farms, Farm Fresh, Glenview, Hillandale, James Farms, Kemps, Lucerne, Lund, Mountain Dairy, Pacific Coast, Ralphs, Shoreland, Sunshine and Trafficanda. The eggs are packed in varying sizes of cartons (six-egg, dozen-egg and 18-egg cartons) with dates ranging from May 16 to August 17 (Julian dates 136 to 229) and plant numbers 1026, 1413, 1720, 1946 and 1942. Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton. The plant... more...

Aug 12, 2010 First Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Champaign County
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges Residents to Continue to Take Precautions

Champaign, IL - A mosquito sample collected last week in the City of Champaign has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). Additionally, a dead crow collected the last week of July in the City of Champaign also tested positive for West Nile virus (2nd positive bird in Champaign County). "Hot summer temperatures help to create stagnant water with organic matter that is prime breeding sites for Culex mosquitoes, the primary vector of WNV. As the number of WNV infected Culex mosquitoes increase, the risk of WNV disease-to-humans increases," said Jim Roberts, Director of Environmental Health at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD).

Late summer is the time of the year that you are most likely to come in contact with a WNV infected mosquito. CUPHD urges residents to take personal actions to avoid mosquito bites when... more...

Aug 4, 2010 SPROUT! Comes to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Hosts a Supplemental Food Program.

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is hosting a supplemental program to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) called SPROUT! The program allows children ages 1-18 to do arts and crafts, play games and sports, and learn about healthy habits. SPROUT! runs until September 30, 2010 and is held in the lobby of CUPHD from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

SPROUT!, a summer food program planting the seeds for safe, active, and empowered kids, works together with SFSP to keep children safe, healthy, and fit during the summer. SPROUT! is sponsored by the Illinois Action for Children and the Illinois Department of Human... more...

Jul 27, 2010 Pound for Purchase Program at Farmer's Market Benefits Clients
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Makes Eating Healthy A Little Easier

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) issues approximately $40,000 worth of Farmer's Market vouchers each year. The vouchers are available to those who participate in the supplemental food program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In August of 2008, CUPHD piloted a Farmer's Market program to better meet the needs of clients by providing a one-stop-shop with access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This year, the market is open on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM.... more...

Jul 23, 2010 Bird Tests Positive for West Nile
Champaign County Receives Its First Confirmed Case of West Nile Virus in 2010

Champaign, IL - A crow collected by the Champaign County Health Department tested positive for the West Nile virus. The bird was collected outside the city limits on the west side of Champaign on July 13, 2010. "Birds testing positive for West Nile virus serve as a reminder that mosquitoes are active and people should protect themselves against mosquitoes," said Jim Roberts, Director of Environmental Health.... more...

Jul 16, 2010 High Temperatures Mean Extra Precaution
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges the Public to Watch for Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urges everyone to watch for the symptoms of heat-related illness, and to take precautions to keep their families and communities safe.

Heat-related illness can take many forms ranging from a mild case of heat exhaustion to a more serious and life-threatening case of heat stroke. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body becomes unable to control it's temperature. The body's temperature rises rapidly and the body looses its ability to perspire and cool down. Rising to temperatures of 106 degrees F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes can result in death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.... more...

Jul 8, 2010 Mosquito Abatement Bikers aka MAB
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Assists with Mosquito Prevention and Abatement

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has teamed with the City of Champaign, City of Urbana, and the Village of Savoy to help reduce mosquitoes in a very unique way, with Mosquito Abatement Bikers (MAB).

Mosquito Abatement Bikers ride a bicycle throughout Champaign, Urbana, and Savoy dispensing larvicide treatment in catch basins on city property. All MAB employees received bicycle safety training, pesticide training, and obtained an operator license through the Illinois Department of Agriculture before they started any applications. All larvicide and application equipment is carried in a backpack while the bikers travel along their assigned treatment routes. While in the community, Mosquito Abatement Bikers can also answer citizen's inquiries about the program and what they can do to reduce mosquitoes on their own property and what they can do to... more...

Jun 28, 2010 Sunday, June 27, Marks National HIV Testing Day
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Citizens to "Take the Test, Take Control"

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) recognizes Sunday, June 27, as National HIV Testing Day. This is the 17th National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) and this year's theme is Take the Test, Take Control to encourage everyone to know their status. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than one million people in the United States that are living with
HIV. Of those one million people, the CDC estimates one out of five does not know they are infected.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of May 31, 2010, there were almost 60,000 HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed in... more...

Jun 15, 2010 Statement of Support for the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Recognized for Support of the National Guard and Reserve

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) was recently issued a Statement of Support from the National Guard and Reserve from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Statement of Support illustrates an employer's commitment and support to employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve.

John Dwyer is employed at CUPHD as the Emergency Preparedness Planner in the Environmental Health division. He is also a Major in the U. S. Air Force Reserves serving as the Officer in Charge of Personnel Programs with the 434th Mission Support Flight, a unit of the 434th Air Refueling Wing. John nominated his supervisor, Jim Roberts, Director of Environmental Health, to participate in the employer orientation flight program. Jim Roberts recently visited the 434th Air Refueling Wing and took part in a refueling mission aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker. The 434th... more...

May 12, 2010 Warmer Weather Brings Mosquitoes
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Encourages Residents to Take Simple Precautions against West Nile Virus

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages everyone to be aware of West Nile virus (WNV) and the simple precautions to take to avoid the virus. Viruses are most likely to be spread during the warm-weather months when mosquitoes are most active, usually beginning in the spring and lasting until the first hard frost. Most human cases occur in late summer and fall.... more...