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Second child caught measles in Pilsen shelter

A second child staying in Pilsen, the city’s largest migrant shelter, has contracted measles, city health officials announced Sunday.

According to a statement from the city’s Department of Public Health, the child was hospitalized and is in stable condition.

initial situation His presence at the shelter was confirmed Friday. That child has recovered and is no longer contagious. In addition, unrelated case The announcement was made outside the shelter on Thursday — the first in Chicago since 2019.

More than 11,500 immigrants are currently staying in 23 city- and state-run shelters in Chicago. Located in a large warehouse, the Pilsen shelter soon came under scrutiny from volunteers and advocates. 5-year-old child died due to sepsis.

More than 36,800 immigrants have arrived in Chicago since August 2022, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began busing new arrivals from the southern border.

Authorities are conducting case investigations to inform and vaccinate those who came into contact with the two infected children.

Shelter residents who are not vaccinated against measles or have recently been vaccinated will have to quarantine for 21 days, according to CDPH. Citizens who have been vaccinated before will be able to come and go to the facility.

Measles, a serious respiratory infection that causes rash and high fever, can be especially severe for young children. The disease, which is highly contagious, can also lead to other complications such as pneumonia.

Measles is extremely rare in Chicago due to the high rate of childhood vaccination.

“The majority of Chicagoans are vaccinated against measles and therefore are not at high risk, but we strongly urge the unvaccinated, newcomers and all Chicagoans to get vaccinated as soon as possible,” CDPH Commissioner Olusimbo Ige said in a statement. .

Still, officials expect the disease to continue spreading. The municipality said some residents left the shelter despite the quarantine. Measles cases are increasing across the country and around the world due to declining vaccination rates.

“I expect to see more cases because of the contagiousness of measles,” Ige said.

Recent measles cases in Chicago epidemic in indiana Authorities said the incident last month affected only one person.

karmanini@chicagotribune.com

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