Insider Wales Sport: CDC team assists Chicago officials with response to measles outbreak

Insider Wales Sport: CDC team assists Chicago officials with response to measles outbreak

US CDC Experts Arrive in Chicago to Manage Measles Outbreak

A team of experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to arrive in Chicago to assist local health departments in managing a measles outbreak. Chicago has reported five cases of measles, with two cases affecting children at a migrant shelter in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The CDC team will work closely with local health departments to identify people at risk and provide guidance on vaccination campaigns. Chicago Health Department Commissioner Dr. Olusimbo “Simbo” Ige is urging those who are not vaccinated to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Measles is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications, but it is preventable with vaccination.

Health officials are providing vaccinations to over 900 residents of the migrant shelter, with those who have not been vaccinated or recently vaccinated required to quarantine. The US has seen an increase in measles cases across the country, with 45 cases reported in 17 jurisdictions this year.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine for children, with vaccination rates still below federal targets in the US. It is crucial for individuals to ensure they are up to date on their vaccinations to prevent the spread of measles and protect themselves and others from this highly contagious disease. Stay tuned for more updates on the measles outbreak in Chicago on Insider Wales Sport.

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