On March 27, the Cook County Department of Public Health reported a confirmed case of measles. The north suburban Cook County resident visited multiple locations along the Lake-Cook County border and may have exposed Lake County residents to measles. The Lake County Health Department continues to work with local and state agencies to monitor the situation and notify those who may have had contact with the infected individual.
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus. It starts with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. If you are experiencing symptoms of measles, avoid going out in public. Call your healthcare provider right away to make arrangements for your evaluation so that you don’t expose others. The best way to prevent measles is with MMR vaccine. Make sure you and your family are up to date on your immunizations. If you are not sure of your vaccination status, speak with your doctor.
From January 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, including 7 cases in Illinois.
For more information, visit the Health Department website or contact the Communicable Disease program at (847) 377-8130.