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Sep 20, 2006 Illinois Reports First Confirmed Case of E.Coli From Spinach
Health Officials Warn Consumers Not to Eat Fresh Spinach, and to Report Any Sales of Fresh Spinach to the Local Health Department

On September 19, the Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed that a north-central Illinois resident was infected with the E. coli 0157:H7 bacterium. This infection is part of a national outbreak attributed to eating fresh spinach. So far, 114 cases of illness related to this outbreak have been reported in several states. Eight people have developed kidney failure and one has died as a result of the... more...
Sep 18, 2006 September 18-24 is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Opens New Men's Clinic; Services Include Free Prostate Blood Test

Today begins Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, a national program of the Prostate Cancer Education Council. Public Health is responding to the local problem of access to prostate cancer tests by opening a Men's Clinic which will include free prostate cancer screenings to men age 40 and up. The clinic will also offer tests for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in American men. Those with a family history of prostate cancer are at higher risk. African-American men are at twice the risk of other men and should be screened starting at age... more...
Sep 11, 2006 Health and Safety Officials to Conduct Emergency Preparedness Drill
Hospitals and Other First Responders to Practice Response to an Infectious Disease Scenario

In an exercise that will last several days, Champaign County health, safety and emergency preparedness personnel will practice their plans for responding to a local outbreak of infectious disease. Local hospitals, the University of Illinois, Parkland College, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, police, fire officials and other first responders are collaborating on the drill, which will culminate early next week with the opening of a medication dispensing site at Parkland College on Tuesday, September 12, and the opening of a hospital surge facility on Wednesday, September... more...
Sep 6, 2006 Health and Safety Officials Launch Public Awareness Campaign, Website
Press Conference September 11 Stock 2 for Flu Website Urges Citizens, Businesses, Social Service Agencies and Faith-Based Organizations to Stock Up and Plan

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, American Red Cross Central Illinois Chapter, Champaign County Emergency Management Agency and Champaign County Public Health Department have teamed up to help Champaign County prepare for a possible avian influenza (bird flu) pandemic or other... more...
Aug 23, 2006 School Buses Eight Times Safer Than Cars
Safe Kids Champaign County Explains School Bus Safety to Parents

Champaign - As the new school year approaches, Safe Kids Champaign County reminds parents that school buses are eight times safer than other vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the rate of crash-related fatalities on school buses is 0.2 per million vehicle miles traveled, compared to 1.5 for... more...
Aug 16, 2006 Special Clinic for School Dental Exams August 26
Volunteer Dentists Will Offer Free Dental Exams

Several local dentists are teaming up with Central Illinois Dental Education and Services, Public Health and the Champaign County Health Care Consumers to bring free dental exams to local school children. Children in Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades are required to have the dental exams for school.

The free clinic will be Saturday August 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District main building, 710 N. Neil St., in Champaign. No appointments are necessary. Children will be seen on a "first-come, first-served"... more...
Aug 14, 2006 Get Your Child's School Physical In Time for the New School Year!
Student-Run Free Clinic and Public Health Partner to Meet the Needs of Uninsured Families

Hundreds of families in Champaign are finding it difficult to meet the state requirements for annual physical exams for kindergarten, fifth and ninth graders. Without documentation of a school physical, children cannot attend classes in the fall. Either because they don't have insurance or because local "All Kids" providers are unable to meet the demand, these families don't have many options for medical... more...
Jul 31, 2006 Health and Safety Officials Urge All to Mind the Heat!
During a Heat Wave, Common Sense is the Best Defense

Champaign County is bracing for a three-day stretch of high temperatures, and health and safety officials are urging residents to follow some common sense guidelines. The American Red Cross, the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Champaign County Public Health Department are asking all county residents to follow these guidelines, from the Illinois Emergency Management... more...
Jun 30, 2006 Public Health to Change its "Health Check" Schedule
Monthly Clinics Will be Discontinued in Mahomet, Tolono and St. Joseph Special Clinics Will Be Offered in These Communities During the Flu Season

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is changing its "Health Check" schedule, offering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol screenings every Monday at its Rantoul office and every day at its Urbana site, while discontinuing the monthly clinics in St. Joseph, Mahomet and Tolono. Instead of offering the monthly health check clinics in these communities, Public Health will schedule special clinics at these sites during the flu season, when demand for the services is high.

Public Health will also offer the same services on all of its mobile clinics in... more...
Jun 28, 2006 Two Longtime Members of the Champaign County Board of Health Retire
Both Were Members Since the Early Days of the Champaign County Board of Health

Members of the Champaign County Board of Health expressed their deep appreciation last night to Board President Dr. Doug Wright and Board Member Dr. Safwat Wahba for their long and meritorious service on behalf of the citizens of Champaign County. Both Dr. Wright and Dr. Wahba retired from the county board of health last night.

Both members have served on the Board since shortly after its inception in 1996. During that time they devoted their time, talent and efforts to meeting the mission of the county board of health, which is "to promote health, prevent disease, and lessen the impact of illness through the effective use of community-wide... more...