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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.

07/14/2015

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One Chicago Death From Legionella Reported

A person living at a Gold Coast rehabilitation center has died of legionella, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The agency had very few details, but said the victim was living at Warren Barr Gold Coast. Officials say they aren’t sure how the victim contracted the disease.

07/14/2015

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City Offers Vaccine As Number Of Meningitis Cases Grows

The Chicago health department now says a meningitis outbreak is growing, and the city is expanding its recommendations for who should be vaccinated.

06/18/2015

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Chicago Health Officials Issue Alert On Small Outbreak Of Meningococcal Disease Among Gay Men

Chicago’s top health administrators are taking aim at men who use smartphone apps to hook up with other men for sex after several cases of what authorities call invasive meningococcal disease.

06/03/2015

Flu vaccine and a syringe are displayed on a table. (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)

City To Host Series Of Free Flu Clinics

The Chicago Department of Public Health plans to hold a series of flu clinics to mark Vaccinate Illinois Week and encourage residents to get immunized over the next week.

12/05/2014

Marcus DiPaola, a Chicago-based photojournalist, has returned from Liberia, and is monitoring himself for symptoms of Ebola. He is not considered at high risk for the disease. (Credit: Marcus DiPaola/Facebook)

Chicago Photojournalist Monitored For Ebola After Return From Liberia

Marcus DiPaola returned to the U.S. from Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 20. Since he returned, he has been monitoring himself for a fever by taking his temperature every hour. He has yet to show any symptoms of Ebola. Two nurses from the Chicago Department of Public Health visited his home Wednesday to check on him.

10/30/2014

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Advocates Slam 2012 Mental Health Clinic Closures

A top Emanuel aide insisted Tuesday the administration has done a better job caring for the mentally ill over the past couple years, despite closing half the city’s clinics; but some advocates told aldermen that’s simply not the case.

08/20/2014

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Chicagoans Living 7 Years Longer, New Health Report Says

The average life expectancy is now is a record-high 77.8 years, compared with 70.3 years at the start of the period. WBBM’s Craig Dellimore reports.

06/12/2014

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City Touts Decline In Teen Smoking

Fewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.

04/15/2014

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Two Dozen Chicago High Schools To Offer Free Condoms

Mayor Rahm Emanuel defended a plan to make condoms available at 24 high schools starting next school year, expanding an effort to reduce teen pregnancy and prevent the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases among youths.

03/20/2014

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

City, State Strike Deal To Remove Petcoke Piles From South Side

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday will announce an agreement with Beemsterboer Slag Co. that will force the company to remove petcoke and metcoke that neighbors say have coated their homes with black dust.

12/19/2013

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Health Commissioner Says Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save Lives

Chicago’s health commissioner told aldermen Tuesday that a 75-cent-per-pack cigarette tax hike would be a life-saver, as he made the case for the Emanuel administration’s budget plan.

11/05/2013

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Women Urge City To Keep Mammogram Program Open

A group of female Chicago aldermen, health care workers, and breast cancer survivors launched a campaign Thursday, to urge the Chicago Department of Public Health to halt plans to close the program that provides mammograms to thousands of women every year.

10/10/2013

Menthol cigarettes on sale at a convenience store. Some experts say menthol cigarettes can be more enticing and possibly addicting than regular cigarettes, because their mint flavor masks the taste of tobacco. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Wants To Stop Kids From Trying Menthol Cigarettes

The city of Chicago is launching a new effort to try to stop young people from taking up smoking, by targeting menthol cigarettes.

07/25/2013

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Chicago Teen Birth Rate Declines In Past Decade

The past decade saw a decline in the teen birth rate in Chicago, although the number of teen pregnancies is still much higher than the national average, according to new statistics released by the city on Tuesday.

12/18/2012

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City Urges Everyone To Get A Flu Shot, And Not To Wait

The leaves are starting to change and there is definitely a chill in the air, so you can be sure that flu season is just around the corner.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2012

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List Of Free Flu Shot Clinics In Chicago

The following is a list of flu shot clinics offered throughout the city.

09/26/2012

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Health Officials: 2012 Could Be One Of Worst Years For West Nile

It’s gearing up to be one of the worst years ever for West Nile Virus.

CBS 2–08/22/2012

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City Crime-Fighting Partnership With CeaseFire Going Ahead After Delays

An anti-crime pilot program involving the group CeaseFire and the Chicago Police Department appears to be moving ahead after a disagreement was resolved.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2012

A culex tarsalis female mosquito that was caught in a trap will be tested for the presence of the West Nile virus. (Photo by Jeff Topping/Getty Images)

City To Spray For West Nile For Next 2 Days

The City of Chicago is taking action Tuesday and Wednesday, in hopes of minimizing Chicagoans’ chances of getting the West Nile virus.

CBS Chicago–07/31/2012

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