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Measles case reported at Chicago’s largest migrant shelter

A baby staying at a migrant shelter on the Decrease West Aspect developed a confirmed case of measles, Chicago public well being officers introduced Friday. It was the second case of measles reported within the metropolis this week.

Officers mentioned the kid has recovered and is not infectious. Town of Chicago is responding with a “host of assets,” a metropolis spokesman mentioned in an announcement Friday morning. 

“Those that have been vaccinated can go about their regular enterprise whereas those that haven’t been vaccinated should stay indoors to look at for signs,” mentioned the spokesman.

Chicago Public Faculties issued an announcement that mentioned the kid was not a CPS scholar and that every one households residing on the shelter have been suggested to stay in place and that no school-age resident at that shelter ought to attend faculty Friday.

The location of the newly confirmed case is probably the most crowded shelter within the metropolis’s internet of 23 buildings presently housing over 11,600 migrants, 1000’s who’ve arrived on buses sent by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — many who come fleeing a failed financial system and well being infrastructure in Venezuela.

It’s a giant warehouse that has obtained skepticism from well being advocates and volunteers serving to migrants after a 5-year-old died there in December

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, twenty fifth, mentioned in an announcement Friday that he had simply visited the shelter website on Tuesday and that his workplace continues to carry bi-weekly with the town and shelter workers to “coordinate efforts for preventive care, vaccination, and therapy.”

“Traditionally, communities of coloration expertise a decrease charge of vaccinations as a consequence of generational systemic boundaries, in lots of situations not aided and even exacerbated by government-run establishments. We perceive the intersectional wants that our communities face, due to this fact we implore the county, state and federal authorities to supply quick help to the town of Chicago,” Sigcho-Lopez mentioned. “Our metropolis continues to face a public well being disaster created by the shortage of help from the federal authorities and businesses, and all of the aforementioned entities who haven’t stepped as much as help our new arrivals mission in the identical method they beforehand supported migrant communities’ dignified integration equivalent to Ukrainian refugees.”

Town’s Division of Public Well being is working with different metropolis businesses to make sure all migrants on the shelter who could have are available contact with the kid are knowledgeable and vaccinated. Migrants and workers who’ve been requested to stay in place will probably be given elevated meal companies and protecting tools.

Thursday, officers identified the first case of measles within the metropolis since 2019 on the town’s Northwest Aspect. Although the supply of the an infection was unknown, officers mentioned individuals who have been on the Galter Medical Pavilion at Swedish Hospital or using the CTA 92 Foster bus the morning of Feb. 27 could have been uncovered.

That contagious interval ended Wednesday.

Measles is a extremely contagious illness attributable to a virus. It’s notably harmful to infants and younger youngsters. It spreads by the air when an contaminated particular person coughs or sneezes or when an individual comes into contact with an contaminated particular person’s mucus or saliva, in response to state public well being info. 

Well being officers say youngsters with measles could expertise disagreeable signs like excessive fever and rash. A small proportion of kids can develop problems from measles that may be life-threatening, normally an an infection of the lungs or mind. 

Most circumstances of measles are associated to worldwide journey. Since 2011, there have been a number of confirmed circumstances of measles in Chicago. 

Most individuals born in the USA are vaccinated in opposition to the illness, however metropolis officers are urging anybody not vaccinated in opposition to measles to take action instantly.

The vaccine is offered at most physician’s workplaces and pharmacies. Extra info is offered on the Chicago Division of Public Well being website

Chicago Tribune’s Caroline Kubzansky contributed. 

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