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In four years of medical school, Illinois Director of Public Health Ngozi Ezike didn’t have to treat a single case of measles.

The World Health Organization certified the United States measles free in the year 2000. But after an outbreak in New York that started last year, the US came dangerously close to losing the designation.

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A relative of a Northern Illinois University graduate has been diagnosed with measles. Health officials are alerting anyone who may have come in contact with this visitor from outside the United States to be aware of possible contagion.

This visitor became ill in the past week and is no longer contagious, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. But people who were in the same places with this visitor may be in danger of contagion.


Legislators are trying to protect kids from measles, without offending anti-vaccine parents.

The outbreak of measles at a Palatine learning center in February has lawmakers wanting to protect children, but it's a politically sensitive topic.

When Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno presented her proposal to a legislative committee, she was upfront about her desire to not step on the toes of parents who choose to not vaccinate their kids, while at the same time wanting to protect children.

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Test results show two potential measles cases reported over the weekend in the Bloomington-Normal area actually were not instances of the highly infectious malady.

OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center says tests for the rubeola virus on the mother and daughter who had a rash were negative. The two went to OSF Promptcare on Fort Jesse Road in Normal on Sunday, and healthcare workers there shut down part of the facility until it could be decontaminated. OSF says it cannot say what illness caused the rash that presented similar enough symptoms to prompt a measles inquiry.

DeKalb Health Officials Urge Measles Prevention

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There are more than a dozen confirmed cases of measles in Illinois.

DeKalb hasn't seen a case of the measles in more than a decade.

Jane Lux is the Public Health Administrator at the County Health Department. She says DeKalb hasn’t seen any cases of the measles since 2002.

She says they have three methods of combating a disease. 

“Surveillance, public information and dispensing or vaccination.”

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Illinois public health officials report 11 people were diagnosed with measles, including an Elgin Community College student. 

A notice on the ECC website says the student attended classes Feb. 3 and 5 and visited the library Feb. 3.

Cook County public health officials confirmed yesterday the most recent case involves an infant associated with KinderCare in Palatine. Officials say eight other infants and one adult from the day care have also been diagnosed.

Health officials recommend anyone exposed and not vaccinated stay out of school for three weeks.

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Illinois Representative Mike Zalewski filed legislation to clarify state regulations on child vaccines. 

Zalewski's resolution follows a widely reported measles infection at a Palatine day care center. Seven of the eight cases in Cook County are tied to the measles cluster health officials started investigating last week at the KinderCare Learning Center. The total cases include two adults and six infants, all of whom were not vaccinated.

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Illinois and Cook County public health officials are investigating several measles cases in a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine.

All students and staff at the facility were notified, and anyone who has not received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is instructed to stay home for the next 21 days.

The cluster includes five children younger than one year old. It is unknown if the cases can be traced back to another case in Cook County or the outbreak that began at Disneyland.

What may be the first case of measles in two decades in Winnebago County is being investigated by the Winnebago County Health Department.

Sue Fuller, a spokesperson for the health department, reported that a physician confirmed the presence of a measles predecessor rash on a four-year-old child on June 30. The child also exhibited other symptoms consistent with the onset of measles, according to the physician’s report.

The last confirmed case of measles in Winnebago County was prior to 1994.