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First Measles Case Linked to Chicago Outbreak Confirmed in Lake County, Illinois

LAKE COUNTY, Ailing. — The recent rash of measles cases in Chicago has spread to the north suburbs after a brand new case was confirmed in a resident in Lake County on Saturday.

Officials from the Lake County Health Department confirmed that a resident had contracted measles and said that the newly reported case is connected to the recent rash of cases in Chicago.

It’s the 18th confirmed measles case in Chicagoland for the reason that start of the 12 months.

Lake County health officials said the department is working to discover and notify anyone who could have been exposed and provided an inventory of locations and dates where exposure might have been possible.

Possible exposure locations/dates:

Consumer Restaurant at 569 W IL-22 Telser Road in Lake Zurich

  • Wednesday, March 13, between 1:58 p.m. and 11:10 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 14, between 12:15 p.m. and 11:12 p.m.
  • Friday, March 15, between 11:12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16, between 10:39 a.m. and 11:27 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19, between 1:42 p.m. and 5:34 p.m.

Advocate Condell Medical Center – Emergency Department at 801 South Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville

  • Between 5:56 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, and 4:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 21

Health officials said anyone who’s unvaccinated and believes they could have been exposed while at Advocate should contact a healthcare provider or pharmacy to receive an MMR vaccine on Saturday to forestall measles.

In accordance with health officials, infants under six months old, those that are unvaccinated, pregnant, or immunocompromised who imagine they could have been exposed at any of the locations listed are advised to contact their healthcare providers as they could still be eligible to get immunoglobulin to forestall the disease.

Those that feel could have been at any of the exposure locations are also advised to contact the Health Department’s Communicable Disease team at (847) 377-8130.

“Vaccination is the very best tool now we have to forestall the spread of measles. That is a very good reminder to be certain that you just are up so far on all of your vaccines,” Lake County Health Department Medical Epidemiologist Dr. Sana Ahmed said. “When you don’t know if you’ve been vaccinated, ask your healthcare provider to seek out out in case you need an MMR vaccine. In case your child is 1 12 months old or older and has never received the MMR vaccine, contact your child’s pediatric provider to debate how your child can get caught up with their vaccines.”

Lake County health officials say they’re in close contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) because the investigation into any potential exposures continues.

The newly reported case comes only a day after the City of Chicago reported two latest cases.

To this point, the City of Chicago has confirmed 17 cases of measles, mostly contracted by residents within the Pilsen latest arrivals shelter on Halsted Street.

Am I protected against measles?

Measles, which is a highly contagious disease brought on by a virus, can spread easily when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes, in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Many in the US are already protected.

The CDC said the measles vaccine, which has been used for over 50 years, is taken into account to be very effective. Two doses of the vaccine are about 97% effective at stopping measles if exposed to the virus, and one dose is about 93% effective.

In accordance with the CDC, 45 measles cases have been reported across the US since January 1. In 2023 a complete of 58 cases were reported across the U.S.

Those that received the vaccine are often fully protected for all times after about two or three weeks, in accordance with the CDC.

While the vaccine has historically proven to be highly effective, the CDC said about three out of 100 who get the vaccine will still have measles if exposed.

For more information on tips on how to get vaccinated, call Cook County Health at 833-308-1988.

Gabriel Castillo contributed to this report

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