Two More Measles Cases at Illegal Immigrant Shelter Pushing Total to 12

2024-03-14 18:00:52

Twelve measles cases.


Chicago health officials confirmed two more measles cases at the Pilsen shelter. TWELVE TOTAL:

According to the CDPH, 10 of the 12 cases originate from the Pilsen migrant shelter, and the confirmed cases are split between six adults and six children.

The cases in Chicago come amid a nationwide resurgence of measles, with cases currently being confirmed in 17 different states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Gov. J.B. Pritzker directed the department, alongside the Illinois Department of Human Services and Illinois Emergency Management Agency, to assist Chicago and Cook County officials in containing the spread of the virus earlier this week.

The Cook County Health Department have started tracking over 100 people who might have been exposed to the measles.

“IDPH [Illinois Department of Public Health] is working to coordinate state assistance to support our local public health partners as they contend with a measles outbreak that reflects an ongoing national rise in measles this year,” IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra told NBC Chicago. “While the vast majority of Chicago and Cook County residents are vaccinated for measles and not at risk, we strongly support the call from the Chicago Department of Public Health for all unvaccinated residents to get the measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine now. Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious complications for those that are non-immunized.”

The situation will still likely get worse before it gets better because the city might start evicting the illegal immigrants on Saturday.

Health officials said they vaccinated everyone at the shelter, thank goodness. But still.

I said might because authorities did not confirm the move to WTTW despite Mayor Brandon Johnson talking about the evictions a few days ago:

The lack of clarity means that the fate of as many as 5,600 migrants who are set to exhaust limits first imposed by Mayor Brandon Johnson in November — but then extended three times in January and February — remains in flux, less than 48 hours before Saturday’s deadline.

A spokesperson for Johnson said conversations were ongoing Thursday morning about whether the limits would be enforced. Communications Director Ronnie Reese declined to answer detailed questions from WTTW News about how many people are set to be evicted from the city’s 23 shelters.


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