5 Infants At Chicago Daycare Center Test Positive For MeaslesCook County and Illinois public health officials have begun investigating a cluster of measles cases linked to a daycare center in Palatine. In a joint statement, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health said the cluster includes five infants who have ties to KinderCare Learning Center, located at 929 E. Palatine Rd. in Palatine. “We are focused on ensuring the continued health and safety of the rest of our center,” KinderCare operators said in a prepared statement. “We are following Public Health officials’ guidance and excluding unvaccinated children and staff.” All five of the children are less than a year old, including four from the suburbs, and one from Chicago. Lab tests have confirmed measles cases in two of the children; the other three have been tentatively diagnosed with measles, but doctors were waiting for lab tests to confirm it. All of the children are reported to be at home and doing OK. “Individuals who are under the age of one or with certain clinical conditions cannot be vaccinated and are therefore at highest risk for measles. Residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the most vulnerable members of the community,” officials said. Students, staff, and faculty at the daycare center have been notified, and anyone who hasn’t received a measles vaccination has been told to stay at home, and away from unvaccinated people for the next 21 days.
“While these measles cases seem to be focused on the northwest suburban Cook County region, any resident who is unvaccinated and experiences symptoms of a high fever and a rash should call their local health department as well as their healthcare provider,” the statement said. “These individuals should notify their doctor or emergency department before seeking care so that staff are able to take appropriate precautions to prevent others from being infected.” Full Story