As of today, IDPH has received reports of 153 cases, in 14 counties including Winnebago County and four deaths have been reported. Cases report using synthetic cannabinoid products before suffering from severe bleeding. We continue to warn residents that if you have purchased any of this product in the past month, do not use it. If you have used any of these products, and start experiencing severe, unexplained bleeding or bruising, please have someone take you to the hospital immediately or call 911. Do not walk or drive yourself. Tell your health care providers about the possible link between your symptoms and synthetic cannabinoid use.
Owning backyard chickens and other poultry can be a great experience. However, backyard flock owners and especially children can get sick if they don’t follow proper precautions, as shown by the record number of Salmonella infections linked to backyard flocks in 2017.