City of Chicago health officials identified an individual with a confirmed measles infection in Chicago Friday.

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The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is working closely with the highest-risk locations to contact exposed individuals.

In addition, exposures may have occurred on May 16 on public transportation from O’Hare International Airport to University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus, and the Chicago Loop, in Millennium Park and in retail establishments on State Street between Monroe and Randolph Streets and on South Canal Street. On the morning of May 17, exposures may have occurred at UIC Student Center East.

“Measles is a serious yet preventable disease through a safe, effective and universally available vaccine” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. “Chicagoans should make sure their children and family members are up to date on vaccines now. Vaccination is the best way to protect against measles.”

The City of Chicago has one of the highest measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination rates in the nation. Most individuals in Chicago are protected from measles because they were vaccinated as children. Ninety-four percent of children between 19 months and three years have received at least one dose of the MMR vaccine and are also protected from measles.

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Due to ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States and the high volume of international travelers, the risk of measles transmission in Chicago and throughout the country remains high. Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals.