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Published on January 29, 2015

One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois

January 28, 2015

Courtesy of DeKalb County Health Department

One Confirmed Case of Measles in Illinois“The  Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed one case of measles in Illinois” according to Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator for the DeKalb County Health Department. “There have been no reported cases of measles in DeKalb County. However, this Illinois case is a reminder of the importance of immunizations.” At this time, there is no identified link between the Illinois measles case and the multi-state outbreak of measles associated with Disneyland.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles is transmitted only by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing but can remain in the air and on surfaces up to two hours. Infected people are contagious from four days before their rash starts through four days afterwards.

The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly effective at preventing measles infection and is required for all Illinois school children who are not exempt due to religious or medical reasons. It is a two-dose vaccine series with the recommended first dose given between 12 and 15 months and a second dose given between 4 and 6 years of age. Those most at risk include babies that have not yet been vaccinated.  

For more information about receiving recommended vaccines, please contact the DeKalb County Health Department at 815.748.2467 or visit our web site at health.dekalbcounty.org or visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbmeasles.htm.

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