Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

May 31, 2007 The Collecting and Testing of Dead Birds is an Important Component of CUPHD's West Nile Surveillance
Champaign, IL - Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) routinely tests dead birds for West Nile Virus. The results of these tests help determine the extent of West Nile Virus in Champaign County. Since West Nile Virus generally appears and grows in local bird and mosquito populations before it is transmitted to humans, monitoring bird and mosquito populations helps predict when and where humans will be at risk for infection and affords the time to take additional precautions and control... more...

May 29, 2007 CDC Releases Early Report of Serious Eye Infections Associated with Soft Contact Lens Solution
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collaborating with the Food and Drug Administration, state and other partners, has identified an outbreak of a serious but rare eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK). This infection is caused by a free-living ameba (Acanthamoeba) a microscopic organism found everywhere in nature. Infections can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness. AK primarily affects otherwise healthy people, most of whom wear contacts lenses. In the United States, an estimated 85% of cases of this infection occur in contact lens users. The incidence of the disease in the U.S. is approximately one to two cases per million contact lens... more...

May 25, 2007 CUPHD Helps the Students of Dr. Howard Elementary School "CATCH" the Spirit of Good Health!
Champaign, IL - Dr. Howard Elementary School has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to implement the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) Program. The CATCH Program is a multi-component program that promotes positive healthy behaviors in students and emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improved both living and learning. CATCH has three core components - nutrition, physical activity, and health... more...

May 22, 2007 Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Illinois - CUPHD Urges Residents to Take Precautions
Champaign, IL - Illinois State Public Health, announced that mosquito samples collected in DuPage County have been confirmed as the first positive test results in Illinois this year for West Nile Virus. A positive mosquito sample was collected from the communities of Naperville, Lisle and Woodridge. There has not been any reported positive mosquito samples in Champaign... more...

Apr 24, 2007 April Showers Bring May Flowers and the Need for Hand Washing
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urges the Public to Wash Their Hands Often to Prevent the Spread of Disease

Champaign, IL - Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading illnesses. Cleaning your hands gets rid of many germs that are picked up from other people, touchable surfaces and animals. Teaching the importance of proper hand washing, as well as, frequent, supervised hand washing by adults for all young children should be encouraged. If soap and water are not available, the use of an alcohol based wipe or hand gel is... more...

Apr 23, 2007 Urbana School Health Center Supplies Local Resource for State Mandated Dental Exams and Physicals
Urbana, IL - The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all children in grades K, 2 and 6 have an oral health exam. This exam must be completed prior to May 15, 2007. Students entering the Early Childhood Program, K, 5th or 9th grade must complete a physical exam and have the physical exam on file with the school district by the first day of school. The Urbana School Health Center (USHC), located at the Urbana High School at 1002 South Race Street, offers parents of students in the Urbana School District a convenient way to accomplish these exams. Parents may elect to have these exams completed during the school day by the professional staff at USHC. Parents interested in taking advantage of this program are encouraged to complete a consent form, available at USHC and call 217-239-4220 to arrange for an... more...

Mar 30, 2007 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Asks for Your Help During National Public Health Week
Champaign, IL - April 2-8 is National Public Health Week. This year's theme is "Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation's Vulnerable Populations." CUPHD asks citizens of Champaign and Urbana to help our community prepare by "Stocking 2 for Flu" and developing family emergency plans.

National Public Health Week is an annual observance meant to draw attention to the often invisible public health programs and practitioners providing care and services on the national, state and local levels. Public Health works behind the scenes to prevent epidemics and the spread of disease; protect against environmental hazards; prevent injuries; promote healthy behaviors; respond to disasters and community recovery efforts; and ensure the quality and accessibility of health... more...

Mar 30, 2007 Local Partnership Brings the Promise of More Dental Services to C-U's Low-income Communities
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, and Carle Foundation Hospital have combined their efforts and resources to create the "Adult Dental Access Partnership".

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) and Carle Foundation Hospital have joined together to address the crisis of adults without dental care in Champaign and Urbana. The alliance, titled Adult Dental Access Partnership, will work to secure funding, manage referrals, optimize volunteer hours, and case manage clients who receive the... more...

Mar 28, 2007 April is National STD Awareness Month
April is National STD Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Social Health Association. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) encourages all Illinois healthcare providers to alert clients to the increasing presence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) as they are one of the state's most persistent (yet preventable) health problems. Public awareness and knowledge remain critically low around the U.S., and STD's are occurring at epidemic levels, particularly in 15-29 year-olds. Education and testing are crucial, as many STD's may show few, if any, outward... more...

Mar 23, 2007 Centennial High School Students "Kick Butts" on March 28!
Champaign, IL - Centennial High School will hold its first "Kick Butts Day" on Wednesday, March 28th. Students from Centennial High School are joining thousands of kids across the country who are taking part in Kick Butts Day, a nationwide initiative that encourages kids to take a personal leadership role in the effort to stop youth tobacco use. Students will be encouraged to sign a Kick Butts Day pledge committing them to assist a friend or loved one to quit smoking or to take the steps necessary to stop... more...