Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Press Releases

Apr 15, 2022 Cat Tests Positive for Tularemia
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is encouraging area residents to be aware that a cat in Urbana was recently diagnosed with tularemia. Tularemia is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis found in animals.

F. tularensis bacteria can be transmitted to humans via the skin when handling infected animal tissue. Infection can also occur when hunting or skinning infected rabbits, and by inhaling dust or aerosols contaminated with F. tularensis bacteria. This can occur during farming or landscaping activities, especially when machinery (e.g. tractors or mowers) runs over infected animals or carcasses. People can also become infected by being bitten by ticks carrying tularemia. Human infection can range from asymptomatic illness to life-threatening. Typically, patients with tularemia present with abrupt onset of fever, chills, headache and fatigue following an incubation period of two to 10 days. Additional signs and symptoms may be... more...

Mar 31, 2022 COVID-19 Second Booster Now Available to Eligible Recipients
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), in partnership with Carle Health, OSF HealthCare, Christie Clinic, Promise Healthcare, and the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign continue to provide COVID-19 initial vaccination doses, boosters, and Pfizer pediatric vaccinations.

On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "expanded eligibility for an additional booster dose for certain individuals who may be at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. Boosters are safe, and people over the age of 50 can now get an additional booster four months after their prior dose to increase their protection further. This is especially important for those 65 and older and those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions that increase their risk for severe disease from COVID-19 as they are the most likely to benefit from receiving an additional booster dose at this time. CDC, in collaboration with FDA and our public... more...

Mar 28, 2022 Maternal child health open house and breast milk depot grand reopening
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is holding an open house on maternal and child health. As part of the event, CUPHD is celebrating the grand re-opening of its breast milk depot and dispensary. The event will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The public is invited to participate in giveaways and light refreshments while learning about services offered by the Division of Maternal and Child Health. Guests will meet staff and have important questions answered.

As a breast milk depot and dispensary with Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes (Milk Bank WGL), CUPHD promotes breastfeeding and supports family nutrition.... more...

Mar 17, 2022 World Oral Health Day March 20th
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) celebrates March 20th as World Oral Health Day. Oral health is multi-faceted. It allows you to speak, smile, smell, taste, touch, chew, swallow and convey a range of emotions with confidence and without pain, discomfort and disease. An unhealthy mouth can restrict your capability to perform these everyday functions, which can have a severe impact on your quality of life by affecting your emotional, social, mental, and overall physical well-being. Poor oral health affects nearly 3.5 billion people worldwide and has far-reaching consequences, yet people tend not to realize the severe impact an unhealthy mouth can have on their... more...

Feb 28, 2022 Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Appointed to NACCHO Board
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is honored to announce that Ms. Julie Pryde, Administrator, has been appointed to the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO). Ms. Pryde will serve as Region 5 Board Member through July 1, 2023. Board members will work to support NACCHO's mission to improve the health of communities by strengthening and advocating for local health departments.

"I am honored to serve on the NACCHO Board with other Public Health Administrators from across the U.S. to help ensure a stronger, more robust and responsive public health system," said Julie Pryde, CUPHD... more...

Feb 28, 2022 Champaign County EMA and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Urge People to Prepare for Severe W
Champaign, IL - The Champaign County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) urge everyone to prepare for severe weather. February 28-March 4, 2022 is Severe Weather Preparedness week in Illinois. In 2021, we had another December tornado outbreak, with eight tornadoes in Illinois on December 10. There was one EF3 tornado that caused six fatalities and one injury near Edwardsville IL, and five EF2 tornadoes in central Illinois causing one injury. There was significant property damage in many areas of central and southwestern Illinois totaling millions of dollars. Now is the time to prepare - before severe weather is predicted.... more...

Feb 22, 2022 February is National Children's Dental Health Month
CHAMPAIGN, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) reminds parents that their children can avoid cavities. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth daily with floss, eating a healthy diet that limits sugary beverage and snacks, and seeing your dentist regularly for prevention and treatment of oral disease are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

While brushing and flossing are the best ways to maintain healthy teeth, it can sometimes to be hard to reach every surface in your mouth. This is especially true for the teeth in the way back of your mouth that you use to chew. These teeth are called molars and they can be a popular place for leftover food and bacteria to hide. Dental sealants are a great way to help keep these teeth protected. Dental sealants are a thin, protective barrier that helps prevent bacteria from causing tooth... more...

Feb 3, 2022 Friday Services Canceled Due to Weather Conditions
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is canceling all services for Friday, February 4, 2022 due to inclement weather conditions. This includes the following locations:

201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign
520 E. Wabash in Rantoul
223 E. Mulberry Street (Iroquois Community Care Services) in Watseka

For the latest updates and information, visit... more...

Feb 1, 2022 Wednesday and Thursday Services Canceled Due to Weather Conditions
Champaign, IL - The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is canceling all services for Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3, 2022 due to predicted inclement weather conditions. This includes the following locations:

201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign
520 E. Wabash in Rantoul
223 E. Mulberry Street (Iroquois Community Care Services) in... more...

Jan 10, 2022 48 Percent of Homes Tested in Champaign County have High Radon Levels
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 radon test kits available for $6.50. 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 4:00 PM. A free t-shirt is also available with purchase until supplies run out.

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 States.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released into the air from decaying matter in rocks, soil and water. While levels in outdoor air are relatively harmless, radon can accumulate to dangerous levels inside buildings. Radon is an... more...