The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday confirmed one case of measles in Illinois. A suburban Cook County resident became ill in mid-January and test results were positive for measles.
IDPH officials say the case is a reminder of the importance of immunizations.
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 by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing and 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.
Vaccination is highly effective at preventing measles infection and is required for all Illinois school children.
The IDPH says, at this time, there is no identified link between this measles case and the multi-state outbreak of measles associated with Disneyland.
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