Child with measles is second confirmed case in city since 2019: CDPH

CHICAGO — The Chicago Department of Public Health said Thursday that a child living in a Pilsen arrivals shelter has been diagnosed with measles, the second in the city.

The resident, who had the initial Measles diagnosis had no recent travel outside of Chicago, reported having interactions with domestic and international travelers. The resident is now at home recovering.

The CDPH says the second confirmed case was found in a young child at a new arrivals shelter in Pilsen. The child had no recent travel outside of Chicago, reported having interactions with domestic and international travelers. The child is now at home recovering.

The shelter is in the 2200 block of South Halsted. All residents must remain at the shelter until the Department of Family and Supports Services determines each resident’s vaccination statuses.

People vaccinated will be able to leave and those who are not will have to stay to screen for symptoms and will be offered a vaccine.

Last month, CDPH opened an investigation after officials said a Northwest Indiana resident with a confirmed case visited three hospitals in the city while contagious.

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“No link has been identified between this case and a measles case in an Indiana resident who had visited Chicago last month,” read a statement from the CDPH. “That case did not result in any secondary measles cases among Chicago residents.”

Health officials are working to alert those who may have been exposed to measles, including at facilities where the Chicago resident sought medical assistance. CDPH also asks anyone who may have been at the following locations to contact them immediately due to possible exposure:

  • Swedish Hospital, Galter Medical Pavilion at 5140 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

  • CTA Bus #92 (Foster) between 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes and can last up to 21 days. CDPH used this incident to remind locals that a measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) is available and is the best protection “against measles for people of all ages.”

“The key to preventing measles is vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine,” said CDPH Commissioner Olusimbo Ige, MD, MPH. “If you are unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated, ask your healthcare provider to find out if you need an MMR. If your child is 1 year old or older, and has never received the MMR vaccine, contact your child’s pediatrician to discuss how your child can get caught up with their vaccines.”

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Illinois had five measles cases in 2023, a first in the state since 2019 when the last measles case was identified in Chicago.

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