Health officials in Cook County, Illinois are investigating a confirmed cluster of measles at a Chicago-area daycare. Officials on Thursday confirmed five children at the KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine, Ill. are affected. Test results confirmed two of the children have measles, and results on the other three are pending.
All five children are under the age of one.
Unvaccinated people must stay home
All KinderCare students, staff and faculty have been notified of the measles cases, and anyone who has not received the MMR vaccine has been ordered to remain at home and away from unvaccinated people for the next 21 days.
The source of the illness is not yet known.
Measles symptoms and complications
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash. The disease can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death, health officials say. The CDC says children should be given the first dose of MMR vaccine at 12 to 15 months of age. The second dose should be given 4 weeks later, but is usually given before the start of kindergarten at 4 to 6 years of age.
Anyone who experiences symptoms is told to contact their local health department immediately.