CDC Sends Out Special Team After New Outbreak Detected in Chicago

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now reportedly dispatching a team to Chicago to assist health officials following the confirmation of a shocking new outbreak of measles.

On Monday, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported five cases of measles in the city, with four occurring at a migrant shelter in the Pilsen neighborhood.

The two most recent cases were confirmed in adults at the shelter who are in stable condition.

The department reported that it assessed and vaccinated 900 shelter residents for measles, mumps, and rubella over the weekend, while also checking the immunity status of 700 others.

CDC employees will collaborate with Chicago authorities to pinpoint potential sources of transmission, offer clinical advice, and assist with community outreach.

The department is also assisting in distributing vaccines to the CDPH and surrounding areas.

Last week, the CDC reported 45 measles cases in 17 states and jurisdictions, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

This virus spreads easily and can infect a high percentage of unimmunized individuals it comes into contact with.

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