The Cook County Department of Public Health reports a confirmed case of measles in a north suburb of Cook County resident in the recent travel history of another country with ongoing measles transmission. The person has recently visited several North Shore locations, including one in Evanston.
The case was confirmed Tuesday, and the person is no longer contagious, but may have exposed others before he understands that he or she was ill.
Symptoms of measles include fever, rash, cough, runny nose and red, aqueous eyes. If you have visited the following places on the days and times listed below and experience symptoms, call your doctor before going to a medical or emergency department to make special arrangements for evaluation and to protect other patients and doctors from possible infection . [1
- Sunday, March 17, at. 1 pm to 6 pm – Rochelle Zell Jewish Gymnasium, 1095 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.
- Monday, March 18 at. 9 for dinner – Full Circle Fitness, 55 Green Bay Road, Glencoe.
- Monday, March 18, 11 am. 45 to 11 – Dunbrook Cleaners and Tailors, Dunbrook Center, 2750 Dundee Road, Northbrook
- Monday, March 18, 4 p.m. to 7 pm – Bed Bath and Beyond, 96 S. Waukegan Road, Deerfield.
- Monday, March 18, 5 p.m. to 8 pm – Sunset Foods, 1127 Church St., Northbrook.
- Tuesday, March 19, at. to 8:45 pm – Greek Islands Restaurant, 200 S. Halsted St., Chicago.
- Tuesday, March 19, 7:15 pm at 11:45 pm – Dutch Theater, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago.
- Thursday, March 21, at. 10 am to 12:45 pm – Home Depot, 655 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.
- Thursday, March 21 at. 11 am to 6 pm – Medical Office, 707 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.
- Thursday, March 21, 2 p.m. until 5:30 pm – Giorgio Elan Salon, 9025 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles.
- Thursday, March 21, 3:45 pm to 6 pm – Shell Gas Station, 9002 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles.
- Thursday, March 21, 1:45 pm at 6:40 pm – Fresh Farms, 8203 W. Golf Road, Niles.
- Thursday, March 21, 4:45 pm to 7 pm – Dunbrook Cleaners and Tailors, Dunbrook Center, 2750 Dundee Road., Northbrook.
- Thursday, March 21, at. to 7 pm – Dairy Queen, 2770 Dundee Road, Northbrook.
- Friday, March 22, 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 pm – Medical Office, 707 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield.
- Friday, March 22, 2 p.m. until 4:30 pm – Glenbrook Hospital Laboratory and Oncology Center, 2100 Pfingsten Road, Glenview.
- Saturday, March 23, 9:30 to 20:00 – Northshore Urgent Care, 49 Waukegan Road, Deerfield.
- Saturday March 23, 10.30 pm until 2 am (3/24/2019) – Northshore Evanston Hospital – Emergency Department, 2650 Ridge Ave., Evanston.
Two hours have been added to the time after the person left, since measles virus may remain in air for two hours.
Measles can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (brain swelling). The masks spread easily through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.
There is no ongoing risk of transmission in the above mentioned locations. Public health officials work with the companies to contact employees who were present during the potential exposure times. The healthcare facilities where the patient was evaluated work to identify all possible areas of exposure and report susceptible patients, staff, and visitors.
The Illinois Department of Public Health works with local health departments and hospitals during this study, and information is subject to change.
It is important to make sure that you are updated on all vaccines, such as MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine, especially before traveling abroad. For travel-specific vaccinations, see your healthcare professional at least a month before an international trip to discuss vaccine recommendations and requirements for your travel destination. You may need this much time to complete a vaccine series and your body needs time to build up immunity.
"Getting the vaccine protects you and others around you who are too young to get the vaccine or cannot receive it for medical reasons," says CCDPH Chief Medical Officer Dr. Terry Mason "Two-dose measles vaccine is nearly 98 percent effective in preventing measles."