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Measles Outbreak in Will County: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Spread

Health Officials Confirm Measles Case in Will County as Outbreak Hits Chicago

Measles Outbreak in Will County: How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Spread

In Will County, Illinois, health officials have confirmed a positive case of measles. The Will County Health Department is currently working to notify individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and collaborating with the Illinois Department of Public Health to address the situation.

This confirmed case in Will County is linked to the recent measles outbreak in Chicago, where at least 17 cases have been reported. Muneeza Azher, Will County’s Communicable Disease Program Manager, emphasized the importance of vaccination in preventing the spread of measles. Those who are unsure about their vaccination status are advised to consult their healthcare provider to determine if they need the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

It is crucial for individuals to be vigilant about symptoms that may indicate measles. Signs and symptoms typically manifest 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and include high fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, red or watery eyes, and small white spots inside the mouth. If you suspect you have been infected with measles, seek medical attention promptly.

The Will County Health Department urges the public to prioritize vaccination as a protective measure against measles. Parents of children over 1 year of age who have not received the MMR vaccine should contact their pediatrician to discuss vaccination options. It is essential for our community to work together in containing the spread of measles and safeguarding public health.

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