Migrant Shelter Residents in Pilsen Woken Up at 1 AM for Measles Lockdown, Prompting Panic

Residents at a city-run shelter in Pilsen were abruptly awakened in the middle of the night and informed about a measles outbreak that had occurred within the facility. A young child was confirmed to have contracted the highly contagious virus, prompting Department workers to implement a 10-day quarantine for all shelter residents.

In response to the outbreak, Department workers asked residents for proof of vaccination and offered measles vaccinations to those who had not been vaccinated. However, concerns were raised about the quarantine conditions, including unsanitary living conditions and inedible food being provided at the shelter.

City officials decided to lock the doors of the shelter until late morning, causing panic among residents who were unsure about the extent of the outbreak. Some residents also expressed worries about the quality of meals being provided at the shelter.

Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez reassured vaccinated residents that they could resume normal activities, while unvaccinated individuals were required to remain under observation. Measles is a rare occurrence in Chicago due to high vaccination rates, but cases have been increasing in the United States.

Measles symptoms include a rash, fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Despite the outbreak, health officials have found no link between the case in a Chicago resident and a case in an Indiana resident who traveled to Chicago in February.

The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of vaccinations in preventing the spread of communicable diseases, especially in close quarters such as shelters. The situation also highlights the need for proper sanitation and access to nutritious food in such facilities to ensure the well-being of all residents.

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