‘More cases’ expected in measles cluster at Palatine day care center: officials

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PALATINE, Ill. -- Cook County health officials say more cases of the measles are likely to surface, after babies from a day care center in suburban Palatine were diagnosed with the disease.

“There will be more cases. … We shouldn’t be surprised about that,” said Dr. Terry Mason, chief operating officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health. “The cat is out of the bag.”

The outbreak happened at the KinderCare Learning Center, located at 929 E. Palatine Road in Palatine.

The two children who tested positive for measles are under the age of 1. Three other children who are being tested are also under the age of 1. Their test results are due back Friday. All the children were too young to be vaccinated.

“We will do everything we can to identify if there is a point source of this,” said Dr. Terry Mason with the Cook County Health Department.

The babies are being quarantined at home for 21 days, and the center is not accepting any unvaccinated children during that time.

KinderCare says its facility was given a deep cleaning Wednesday night and they’re now working with staff and parents to obtain immunization records.

There are 1,500 KinderCare facilities across the country and starting Monday, all facilities will be requiring staff members who work with infants to be vaccinated for measles.

Health officials say both of the babies with confirmed measles cases and an adult diagnosed with measles last month all went to Northwest Community Hospital.

“At this time there is no identified link between these measles cases and the adult case reported in suburban Cook County two weeks ago or the multi-state outbreak of measles associated with Disneyland,” Mason said.

Measles is a highly infectious respiratory disease that can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, and in rare cases, death. It starts with a rash, and is transmitted through coughing or sneezing. It can remain alive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.

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13 comments

      • Mary

        This is true. But if people got their vaccines as recommended these little babies would have better protection. People who do not vaccinate their children are putting other people at risk because of their decision not too. So frustrating ( in my opinion)

  • Ron Jacoby

    They say the infants tested positive so was this blood test confirmed and what type of measles??? Did it prove Wild measles strain 3 which is not protected by any vaccine worldwide? Or was it from the live shedding process which occurs from newly vaccinated individuals perhaps the siblings of these infants? Stop immediately blaming the very small non vaccinated unless you are aware of all the medical implications of measles and the strains in the MMR vaccines worldwide not just in the USA. Do your research and read the PDR and consult vaccine manufacturer information.

    • Allie

      1) The vaccine is protective against all known strains of measles and 2) even if viral shedding occurred after vaccination (which I don’t believe it’s been shown to do), you’d still be shedding *attenuated virus*, not virulent virus. So I think maybe you’re the one who could afford to do more “research”? (sorry, as an actual researcher, it always makes me chuckle when people think googling is “research”)

      • Stephen

        Oh brother. Well, it makes me chuckle when researchers believe that their word is bible. Look back in history and explain how researchers always contradict themselves depending on who is doing the study.

  • Angela Warner

    The genotype responsible for the outbreak clusters all over the country is the B3 type which originated in the Philippines in 2014. The MMR vaccine covers the A genotypes, so every single person could be re-vaccinated and it’s not going to offer any protection. This information is readily available on the CDC’s website if you take the time to research the issue. Not to mention, the vaccine isn’t nearly as effective as what you’ve been led to believe and that information is the basis for several of the charges pending against MERCK, the MMR manufacturer.