CDC Helping Chicago as Measles Cases Rise at Illegal Immigrant Shelter

2024-03-12 12:00:38

The Pilsen illegal immigrant shelter in Chicago, IL, has four measles cases, including two adults. The fire department took another child to the hospital.

The CDC has sent a team to the city to help the response teams.

The second child with measles attends a Chicago Public School. PLEASE. If you live there, please ensure you and your children have the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

But now, the health department is using many MMR vaccines on illegal immigrants. They’ve given out 900 vaccinations.

The cases are likely to grow because none of these people are vaccinated:

Officials said the second reported case at the migrant shelter on Halsted Street involves a child who attends a Chicago Public Schools school.

CDPH officials said the infected child is in the hospital in good condition, and CPS officials advised families at the shelter to keep their school-aged children out of school on Monday as a precaution as experts continue to stress vaccinations.

“It’s a call for again for people who have not been vaccinated to go out and get their vaccination,” said infectious disease expert Dr. Damilola Adeyemi. “We just need to confirm people’s vaccination status, vaccinate them, and anybody who is infected make sure that they are not around people who are not vaccinated.”

By the way, Cook County Health warned people of possible exposure at two of their facilities:

“On February 27, a patient with measles-like symptoms presented to the Stroger Hospital Emergency Department,” the announcement said. “The patient’s PCR test came back positive on March 5. The patient was admitted on February 27 under proper isolation and airborne precautions.”

“On March 7, a second patient, who visited CCH’s Arlington Heights Health Center and CCH’s Professional Building, later tested positive for measles,” the announcement continued.”

Officials at Cook County Health are asking any person who was at the Stroger Hospital Emergency Department, or CCH’s Arlington Heights Health Center during the above exposure timeline to contact the CDPH, at 312-743-7216.

The CDC will help Chicago officials “identify people who might be at risk for getting sick.”

The health department has also started notifying all the facilities’ patients, visitors, and staff.

Measles is a highly contagious virus. One person with measles can infect up to 18 other individuals.

Volunteer Annie Gomberg mentioned 100 at-risk children between the ages of 1 and 2 at the shelter. Children get two doses of the MMR vaccine between 12 and 15 months, and they get the third dose between four and six years old.


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