Health Care Issues

Emergency Preparedness and Response

Illinois has top-notch hospitals, health systems and healthcare professionals - who are part of a well-established, long-standing elaborate statewide emergency preparedness and response system - with extensive experience in preparing for and responding to emergencies, including potential outbreaks of infectious diseases. Illinois hospitals and health systems prepare for all types of emergencies every day and have plans and processes in place, with appropriate staff, equipment and supplies to care for patients and to ensure the safety of their staff and communities.

Zika Virus

CDC Zika web page



IDPH Zika web page

Other Resources

  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new recommendations to reduce the risk of Zika virus transmission by human cell and tissue products (HCT/Ps). The guidance addresses donation of HCT/Ps from both living and deceased donors, including donors of umbilical cord blood, placenta, or other gestational tissues. (3/1/16)
  • WHO Zika web page


Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)


Illinois Poison Center (IPC)

Other Information