CHAMPAIGN — That stomach bug that’s going around isn’t the flu.
It’s norovirus, and it’s very contagious, state health officials warn.
Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can also come with low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.
Updated 11:54 a.m. Thursday.
URBANA — Flu is on the decline in Illinois, and area hospitals have begun lifting visitor restrictions connected to the flu outbreak.
CHAMPAIGN — Nobody has to tell Sally Newman about the misery of living with a faulty all-metal hip implant.
URBANA — An Urbana Middle School student has been treated for whooping cough.
But this illness case, confirmed Thursday, wasn't linked to the whooping cough outbreak in Mahomet, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.
The Urbana student became ill in late November, said Rachella Thompson, communicable disease investigator for the district.
CHAMPAIGN — A local public health program aimed at helping breast-feeding moms feel more comfortable at work and other public places is getting a less-than-enthusiastic response.
URBANA — For Ed and Elizabeth Medaris, smoking two or three packs of cigarettes a day was draining more than the family budget.
Ed was starting to show signs of lung health issues, his wife says.
They got to thinking, if they quit, they'd be healthier — plus they could put all that cigarette money toward the new motorcycle they wanted.
CHAMPAIGN — Attention, health care professionals and anyone who has helped care for a family member with dementia: If you've got some time to spare, you could help others affected by Alzheimer's disease.
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter is looking for volunteers to lead support groups and says professional experience with dementia care isn't necessary.
DANVILLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System will hold a resource fair for caregivers on Nov. 7.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social activities room in Building 104 on the Danville campus, 1900 E. Main St.
SPRINGFIELD — The only Illinois health provider identified to have received a shipment of the epidural steroid associated with the meningitis outbreak is in Cook County, according to the state Department of Public Health.
The health provider was identified as APAC Centers for Pain Management, which has six locations in Chicago and Cook County.
SPRINGFIELD — A Macon County meat packing plant has voluntarily recalled about 90 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with bacteria, according to a state Department of Agriculture announcement.