- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois public health officials say a suburban Chicago resident has a confirmed case of measles.

IDPH Director Nirav Shah says just ten cases of measles have been reported in Illinois over the last five years. He says this case is a reminder of the importance of vaccinations. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease with a characteristic rash.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it is working with the Cook County Department of Public Health to trace and contact all potential people who were exposed.

Officials say potential exposures may have occurred at:

- Northwest Community Hospital’s emergency room in Arlington Heights on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17.

- Supermercade Guzman in Palatine on Jan. 12 and Jan. 13.

- Vista Clinic in Palatine on Jan. 16.


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