The Illinois Public Health Department reports the death toll from a Legionnaires' outbreak in Quincy, IL has risen to eight. Forty-one others have been diagnosed with this deadly pneumonia, carried by steam and mist.
The last barge carrying coal to Pilsen’s Fisk Power Plant lumbered up the Chicago canal in late August, dumping a final 1,500 tons of coal to burn in a community whose members were more than happy to see their industrial neighbor go.
Illinois health officials have kicked off a campaign to fight the spread of the deadly bacteria C-diff in hospitals and other health facilities.C-diff is the short name for Clostridium difficile. Some infected patients suffer mild diarrhea, but others can develop more severe condition and die.