Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Nov 30, 2012 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. Of the 12,000 new infections each year, one in four is in youth 13 to 24 years... more...

Sep 20, 2012 Parents Still Making Five Common Mistakes When Using Car Seats
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to Host Car Seat Checkup this Saturday

Champaign IL-Parents are making five critical, but fixable, mistakes when using car seats, according to new data announced by Safe Kids Worldwide and the General Motors Foundation. With so many safety features now available in both cars and car seats, parents are urged to make sure their kids are getting every advantage by taking the time to do a 15-minute at-home annual checkup.

Seventy-three percent of car seats are not being used correctly. To find out why, Safe Kids analyzed data from more than 100,000 car seat inspections done by certified technicians conducted through its Buckle Up Program, a national initiative established in 1997 by Safe Kids and supported by General Motors and the General Motors Foundation to keep children and families safe in and around cars. Some findings proved that progress is being made, including that 98 percent of children arrived at car seat... more...

Sep 19, 2012 CUPHD Helps the Students of Carrie Busey Elementary School CATCH the Spirit of Good Health
Sustainable Events Promote Active Living

Champaign, IL - Carrie Busey Elementary School has partnered with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to implement a Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH). CATCH is a multi-component initiative that promotes healthy behaviors in students and gives them the opportunity to practice them. CATCH emphasizes the need for a healthy lifestyle to improve both living and learning. CATCH has four core components - nutrition, physical activity, health education and family/community involvement. This is Carrie Busey's fourth year implementing... more...

Aug 29, 2012 We Choose Health Grant Awarded to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
Community Transformation Initiative Focuses on Obesity and Tobacco Prevention, Healthier Children and Workforce to Address a Public Health Emergency

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has been awarded a portion of the We Choose Health Community Transformation Grant. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is awarding $3.5 million to communities in 60 counties in Illinois and CUPHD will receive $211,922 for the first year. We Choose Health is a multi-year IDPH initiative to encourage and support obesity and tobacco prevention in Illinois communities. IDPH received a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work with communities to implement proactive health... more...

Aug 22, 2012 Multistate Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cantaloupes from Southwest Indiana
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is alerting the public to an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to cantaloupes grown on one farm in southwestern Indiana. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating in an ongoing multistate investigation to identify all possible sources of contamination and prevent additional cases of illness.

A total of 141 people in 20 states have been infected with Salmonella, associated with this outbreak, with illness onset dates ranging from July 7, 2012 to August 4, 2012. Among the 17 reported Illinois cases-representing 11 counties-eight people have been hospitalized.

CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are continuing to investigate, and as a result of the initial investigations, cantaloupe grown in southwestern Indiana is a likely source of this... more...

Aug 13, 2012 Take Action To Prevent The Spread Of Flu Between People And Pigs At Fairs
Pigs are commonly infected with swine influenza (swine flu) viruses that are usually different from human influenza viruses. While rare, influenza can spread from pigs to people and from people to pigs. When people get swine flu, it's usually after contact with pigs. This has happened in different settings, including fairs. Right now, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about a new influenza virus that has been found in U.S. pigs and has infected people too. This virus - called H3N2v when it infects people - may spread more easily to humans than is usual for swine flu viruses.

There are ways to reduce the spread of influenza viruses between pigs and... more...

Jul 26, 2012 Upcoming Event to Support Breastfeeding Moms
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to Host a Breastfeeding Expo in August

Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will be hosting the 1st Annual Working Moms Breastfeeding Expo in conjunction with The Big Latch On August 2-4, 2012 at CUPHD, 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign. This event is to increase awareness for community mothers on the breastfeeding support services available to them throughout the community. All events are free and open to the public.

The 1st Annual Working Moms Breastfeeding Expo
August 2
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM... more...

Jul 24, 2012 First Human West Nile Virus Positive Case in Illinois For 2012
From the Illinois Department of Public Health

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus case reported in Illinois for 2012. The Cook County Health Department reported a female in her 60s became ill earlier this month.

"We are seeing are large increase in West Nile virus activity and this first human case is a good reminder that we all need to take precautions," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. "The mosquitoes that typically carry West Nile virus, commonly called the house mosquito, are not as noticeable as the swarms of floodwater mosquitoes we see during rainy summers. Even if it does not look like there are a lot of mosquitoes out, house mosquitoes are stealthy biters and their virus infection rate is increasing rapidly, so make sure to use insect... more...

Jul 17, 2012 Increased West Nile Viral Activity in Champaign County
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District/Champaign County Public Health Department Urges Residents to take precautions

Champaign, IL - Several mosquito samples in Champaign and Urbana have recently tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). "During hot and dry conditions WNV will amplify between the bird and Culex mosquito populations, and unfortunately with the weather we have been experiencing, this is taking place earlier than the previous couple of years," said Jim Roberts, Director of Environmental Health at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)/Champaign County Public Health Department.

The best way to prevent WNV infection or any other mosquito-borne illness is to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate mosquito breeding... more...

Jun 28, 2012 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 its 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... more...