Health Officials Investigating After Legionnaires’ Disease Death In Chicago

Public health officials in Chicago were conducting an investigation, after a resident of a Gold Coast rehabilitation center died from Legionnaires’ Disease, a rare bacterial infection.


Coffee Maker Germs

Is Your Coffee Maker Brewing Java Germs?

Ten Chicago area families let CBS 2 swab their one-cup coffee makers. CBS 2’s Mary Kay Kleist unveils the results.


A Chicago Park District lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: CBS)

Most Lake Michigan Beaches Reopen To Swimmers

A day after swimming was banned at most beaches on Lake Michigan in Chicago, due to high bacteria levels, the Chicago Park District has lifted swimming restrictions at all but two.


Sue, the lovely T-Rex. (Credit: Jasmyn Martin)

Researchers Sending Bacteria From Sue The T-Rex Into Outer Space

Sue, the Field Museum’s famous Tyrannosaurus Rex, isn’t exactly becoming the first dinosaur astronaut, but at least a few microscopic parts of her are going into orbit.


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Deerfield Residents Warned To Boil Water After Finding Of Bacterial Contamination

North suburban Deerfield has issued a boil order for residents because of a bacterial contamination was found in the water supply.


A salad bar at a suburban school district. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Suburban School Cafeterias Fall Short In Inspections

As CBS’s Pam Zekman learned, some of the violations can make your children sick.


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Doctors: NTM Infection Cases On The Rise

Dangerous bacteria could be lurking in your shower head without you even knowing it. Cases of chronic non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection have increased steadily in recent years, and unfortunately there’s not much we can do to avoid it.


Some pet experts advise raw diets for animals, though not everyone is sold on them. (CBS)

Some Pet Owners Swear By Raw Diets For Their Animals

The food contains meat, organs, bone, and in some cases vegetables and fruit, all ground together and sold frozen. Just thaw it out and serve it up.


North Avenue Beach (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

All Evanston Beaches Closed Due To High Bacteria Levels

The City of Evanston has closed all of its lakefront beaches for the day, after water tests showed dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2012

63rd Street Beach

City To End Most Swimming Bans At Beaches, Which Open Friday

Chicago beaches open for the summer on Friday, and the Park District says this year, you can expect to see fewer days when swimming is forbidden.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2012

Baby Bottle, BPA

Infant Dead, Another Sick From Bacteria In Baby Formula

The two infants contracted the bacterial infection Cronobacter sakazakii (C. sakazakii), which is associated with powdered infant feeding formulas, a release from the Illinois Department of Public Health said.


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2 Investigators: Is Your Sushi Safe?

Because it’s raw, sushi can be one of the riskiest fish dishes to eat. But the CBS 2 Investigators found many sushi restaurants fail to follow the most basic requirement to keep sushi safe.


The C-Diff bacteria (CBS)

NU Doctor: Take Study On Germs With A Grain Of Salt

A new study conducted in Chicago and several other cities finds that gas pumps, mailboxes and escalator rails are among surfaces teeming with germs.

CBS Chicago–10/25/2011

Think your kitchen is spotless? Think again. (CBS)

Average Kitchens Filled With Potential Dangers

Think your kitchen is tidy and bacteria-free? Think again. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.


The C-Diff bacteria (CBS)

Hospital Bacteria Strain Killing Patients

A particularly virulent strain of bacteria has been infecting thousands of hospital patients, killing some of them. CBS 2’s Susan Carlson reports on what you can do to protect yourself.


Steam Table

2 Investigators: Critical School Lunch Violations

The CBS 2 investigators have obtained inspection reports on the lunches that are served to your children and may alarm many parents.

CBS 2–02/23/2011

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Chicago Sees Spike In ‘Superbug’ Illnesses

A new study suggests there’s been an increase in the types and number of so-called antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as “superbugs” found in Chicago-area health care facilities.

WBBM Newsradio–10/22/2010