UPDATE: Possible measles exposures at 3 locations in Cook County

UPDATE: Possible measles exposures at 3 locations in Cook County

Two Confirmed Cases of Measles in Cook County Health Facilities

Cook County Health is currently alerting individuals about potential exposure to measles at two medical centers and a building following two confirmed cases reported by the Chicago Department of Public Health.

One of the cases involved a person who had visited the Stroger Hospital Emergency Department on February 27 and later tested positive for measles. Individuals who were present at the emergency department between noon and 11:58 p.m. are being urged to contact the Chicago Department of Public Health.

The second case involved a person who visited Cook County Health’s Arlington Heights Health Center and Professional Building on March 7 and later tested positive for measles. Those who were present at these locations during specific times are advised to reach out to the Cook County Department of Public Health or Chicago Department of Public Health.

Cook County Health is adhering to proper reporting protocols and is collaborating with patients and staff who were in close proximity to those infected with measles. Staff members are considered to be at low risk of exposure due to vaccination requirements.

It is emphasized that vaccines are safe and highly effective, with two doses being 97% effective at preventing measles. Everyone aged one year old and older is encouraged to get vaccinated. Those seeking more information on how to do so can contact Cook County Health.

In light of these recent cases, it is essential for individuals to take necessary precautions and follow the guidelines set forth by health officials to prevent the spread of measles in the community.

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