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Sound advice from public health officials for your text trip to a public pool: don’t swallow the water. Officials say a parasite that caused a national increase in diarrhea outbreaks between 2009 and 2017 can be found once more in public pools.  

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Among the cases at Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn are two people treated within the past two months, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Illinois Department of Public Health said it was investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients who had received treatment at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a report of Legionella in the water system of a Chicago hospital and two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients who were possibly exposed to the bacteria.

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Pre-cut watermelon produced by Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC has been linked to a salmonella outbreak in nine states, including Illinois. (Spudaitis / Pixabay)

More than 90 cases of salmonella carrau have been reported in nine states, including five in Illinois, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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State health officials say Illinois has had 154 confirmed cases of candida auris, a rapidly spreading fungus that can cause severe illness and even death, between May 24, 2016 and April 4, 2019.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

A state audit contradicted former Gov. Bruce Rauner’s claim that his administration had done everything federal experts recommended to remedy a deadly 2015 Legionnaires’ disease crisis.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning patients and health care providers about the risks of stem cell therapies that are not approved by the FDA following a national investigation into their use.

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The skin of a patient three days after developing a measles infection. (Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Travelers passing through Chicago’s Midway International Airport last week may have been exposed to measles. The Illinois Department of Public Health says an unvaccinated Illinois resident passed through Midway on Feb. 22. 

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In the wake of a new study showing Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than from a car crash, Illinois is trying a new approach to curb opioid addiction: medical marijuana. 

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Within the past week, the Illinois Department of Public Health has identified six new cases of hepatitis A, including two in suburban Cook County. Health officials say the newly infected individuals are among those at greater risk for the illness.

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Romaine lettuce still sits on the shelves as a shopper walks through the produce area of an Albertsons market Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration said people shouldn’t eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. Now, it says it’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again. Just be sure to check the label.

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Romaine lettuce still sits on the shelves in the produce area of an Albertsons market Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Simi Valley, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill / AP Photo)

Health officials in the U.S. and Canada told people Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. Two people in Illinois have tested positive for this same outbreak strain. 

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Each year, an average of 73 Illinois women die within one year of pregnancy, according to a new report. “The findings are stark and speak volumes,” said IDPH Director Nirav Shah. “The disparities are even more alarming.”

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There are more and more cases of food poisoning in Illinois. What’s behind the problem – and how to protect yourself.

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A new outbreak this week of an intestinal illness has prompted an expanded investigation of possible sources of contamination.

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