Five babies near Chicago get measles; are enough Americans vaccinated?
Five babies at a day care center near Chicago have been diagnosed with the measles. The announcement comes about a week after the state’s first case of measles of the year was confirmed. Cook County health officials would only identify the person with measles as a suburban resident who is older than 18. At the time, officials listed three places where others might have come into contact with the measles patient in mid-January — including two in Palatine.
Cook County officials say it’s not clear if the adult measles case is linked to the children at the day care center or to the outbreak at Disneyland. More than 100 people have caught the respiratory disease at the California theme park this winter.
Students and staff at the Palatine daycare center have been notified of the measles cases. Anyone who has not received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) has been told to stay at home until Feb. 24, said Colleen Moran. She is the spokeswoman for KinderCare, which runs 1,500 centers in the United States.