Measles Outbreak Hits Chicago-Area Daycare

5 kids under the age of 1 diagnosed
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 5, 2015 12:59 PM CST
Measles Outbreak Hits Chicago-Area Daycare
In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 photo, pediatrician Charles Goodman holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Five kids under the age of 1 have been diagnosed with measles at a daycare outside Chicago, reports the Chicago Tribune, in an outbreak that comes on the heels of Cook County announcing last week that it had its first adult case of measles this year. It's not clear if the adult and infant cases are related, or if they're related to the much larger outbreak in California. The KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine is asking anyone who hasn't had their MMR vaccination to stay away, and public health officials say that "this situation continues to underscore the importance of getting vaccinated," reports NBC Chicago. The Tribune has a map of states with confirmed measles cases here. (Meanwhile, California is moving to put the kibosh on a major vaccine exemption.)

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