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Measles Outbreak for First Time Since 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is deploying a team to Chicago in response to the city’s first measles cases since 2019, as reported by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). This action follows the identification of five measles cases within the past week, with the most recent two being confirmed on Monday by the CDPH.

The CDC team’s arrival is anticipated for Tuesday, aiming to assist in managing the outbreak. The CDC advocates for the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine as a crucial preventive measure, highlighting its recommendation for both children and adults, including specific advice for international travelers.

Among the newly confirmed cases, two adults at a new arrivals shelter in Pilsen have been reported to be in stable condition. This follows earlier detections of the virus in two children within the same facility, with one child having recovered and the other hospitalized but in good condition. An additional case involves a Chicago resident with an unknown source of infection, no longer contagious as of March 6.

In response to the outbreak, the CDPH has emphasized the importance of vaccination, conducting assessments, and vaccinations at the Pilsen shelter, where over 900 residents received the MMR vaccine. Those vaccinated are advised to remain at the shelter for 21 days, the period needed for the vaccine to provide full immunity.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine for children, with the first dose administered between 12 to 15 months of age and the second between ages 4 and 6. Adults lacking immunity may receive one dose. Vaccination is mandatory for attendance at Chicago Public Schools, with exceptions permitted for religious reasons.

CDPH Commissioner Olusimbo “Simbo” Ige has stated that while the risk to the general public is low due to high vaccination rates, individuals not vaccinated are urged to get vaccinated promptly to prevent the spread of measles. Measures are being taken to offer MMR vaccinations at other new arrival shelters in Chicago.

As of March 7, 2024, the U.S. has reported 45 measles cases across 16 states, indicating sporadic outbreaks due to pockets of unvaccinated or under-vaccinated populations. Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but recent years have seen occasional outbreaks.

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