Chicago Department of Public Health

Health Officials Investigating After Legionnaires' Disease Death In ChicagoPublic 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.
One Chicago Death From Legionella ReportedA 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.
City Offers Vaccine As Number Of Meningitis Cases GrowsThe Chicago health department now says a meningitis outbreak is growing, and the city is expanding its recommendations for who should be vaccinated.
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.
City To Host Series Of Free Flu ClinicsThe 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.
Chicago Photojournalist Monitored For Ebola After Return From LiberiaMarcus 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.
Advocates Slam 2012 Mental Health Clinic ClosuresA 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.
Chicagoans Living 7 Years Longer, New Health Report SaysThe 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.
City Touts Decline In Teen SmokingFewer than 11 percent of Chicago high school students reported smoking last year.
Two Dozen Chicago High Schools To Offer Free CondomsMayor 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.
City, State Strike Deal To Remove Petcoke Piles From South SideMayor 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.
Health Commissioner Says Cigarette Tax Hike Would Save LivesChicago'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.
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