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Health Department Alerts Community to Potential
Measles Exposure in Lake County
While there are no current cases of measles in Lake County, the Lake County
Health Department/Community Health Center is alerting the community to a
location where people may have been exposed to the virus. People who
visited or worked at the Menards store, 2700 W. Lake Cook Road in Long
Grove, on Sunday, February 15, between 7:55 a.m. and 3:20 p.m., may have
been exposed. An individual who has tested positive for measles was at the
store at that date and time and could have been contagious. The Menards store
is cooperating closely with the Health Department and the Illinois Department
of Public Health.
Most people in Illinois have been vaccinated for measles, but out of an
abundance of caution, the Health Department has decided to offer the
vaccine. Several free measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccination clinics will
be offered for customers and employees of the store who feel they may have
been exposed. The dates and times are to be determined.
Alternatively, customers and employees may visit their healthcare provider, or
individuals 14 years of age or older may be vaccinated at their local pharmacy.
Potentially exposed pregnant women should contact their
obstetrician/gynecologist. If you have written proof of vaccination with
measles or MMR vaccine, please bring this to the clinic. With some
exceptions, persons born before 1957 are considered immune to measles and
do not need vaccination.
There are currently 15 confirmed cases of measles in Illinois. All the current
Illinois cases are in Cook County. Nationwide, more than 150 cases of measles
have been confirmed in numerous states. The Health Department is reminding
residents that the best way to protect against measles is to get the measles
mumps rubella (MMR) vaccine.
"The measles vaccine is safe, effective and the best protection against this
disease," said Tony Beltran, the Health Department's Executive Director.
"Before the U.S. measles vaccination program started in 1963, about 3 to 4
million people in the U.S. got measles each year, 400 to 500 of them died and
48,000 were hospitalized."
A person who was potentially exposed and is experiencing symptoms of fever,
cough, runny nose and red eyes with or without a rash, should call their
healthcare provider. These individuals should notify their physician or
emergency department before seeking care by calling ahead, so that staff is
able to take appropriate precautions to prevent others from being infected.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. The disease can cause
severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death.
Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing or
sneezing and can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.
Infected people are contagious four days prior to their rash developing until
four days after.
Residents should be aware of the symptoms of measles, which include:
* A fever that can get very high
* Cough, runny nose and red eyes
* A rash of tiny, red spots that starts at the head and spreads to the rest of
Since January, the Health Department has been providing information and
updates on measles to local daycare facilities, schools and healthcare
providers. For more information, visit the Health Department's website at:
http://health.lakecountyil.gov or call: (847) 377-8130.