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Measles case reported at Chicago migrant shelter

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Measles case reported at Chicago migrant shelter

Chicago Department of Public Health Confirms Second Case of Measles in Migrant Shelter

The Chicago Department of Public Health has announced the second confirmed case of measles in a migrant shelter in the city. These are the first cases of measles in Chicago in five years, reflecting the increase in measles cases reported around the country and the world.

The two cases of measles were identified in new young migrant child arrivals. The first case has since recovered and is no longer infectious, while the second case is currently hospitalized but in good condition.

Residents of the Pilsen shelter who are vaccinated against measles are allowed to enter and exit at their own discretion. However, unvaccinated and newly vaccinated residents are being asked to quarantine for three weeks as a precaution.

The health department is strongly urging all new arrivals and Chicago residents to ensure they are vaccinated against measles. There has been no identified link between the recent cases in the shelter and a visiting Indiana resident who had measles.

Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. The city of Chicago has taken in more than 36,000 migrants since 2022, highlighting the importance of vaccination for both new arrivals and existing residents to prevent the spread of the disease.

As measles cases continue to rise globally, it is crucial for individuals to be proactive in protecting themselves and their communities through vaccination. Stay informed and stay safe.

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