Chicago-Area Measles Count Notches 14 Cases

Public health officials do not know how the daycare infants caught the virus; a search is on for the person or persons who infected five infants. The count of 14 measles cases was released on Tuesday, February 17. The extremely contagious virus broke out two weeks ago at a day care center located in Chicago’s northwest suburbs.

While most Illinois adults are protected from catching measles by the vaccines they have received in the past, the 13 Palatine patients were all under 12 months of age or were not old enough to get a doctor’s approval for these shots. KinderCare, operator of the daycare center identified as the principal location of the Illinois infant outbreak, has told employees at its 1,900 day care centers nationwide that they must get vaccinated for measles as a condition of being allowed to continue to work in infant rooms.

A major outbreak of measles has broken loose in the United States this winter. The outbreak has been traced to contacts made between a patient and other visitors to Disneyland in southern California. At least 141 Disneyland-related infections have been counted nationwide. The Chicago Sun-Times covers the story.