DES PLAINES, Ill. – With concerns that a measles outbreak could affect the Chicagoland area, State Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is trying to raise awareness of the dangers of measles and highlighting symptoms that residents should look out for.
“As with any outbreak, everyone must be aware of possible exposure and how the disease can spread,” Moylan said. “Education, awareness and preparedness can significantly reduce the risk of infection and illness and can cut the spreading of the disease.”
Moylan is spreading awareness of the country’s recent measles outbreaks, which could easily spread to Cook County from travelers passing through O’Hare International Airport. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), measles starts as a rash around the neck or face, a high fever, runny nose, cough and watery eyes. Fevers typically occur seven to 18 days after exposure, and the rash starts two weeks after exposure. There is no drug such as an antibiotic or an antiviral that can directly treat measles, but lots of rest, fluids and fever and pain relievers can reduce the severity of symptoms. Measles is very contagious from the start of symptoms to about five days after the rash appears.
“Everyone needs to be vigilant and know the symptoms of measles,” Moylan said. “By being educated, being cautious and taking proper actions when you or a loved one is sick, we can protect the vulnerable and stop the spread of this disease.”
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Springfield, IL 62706
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Des Plaines, IL 60016
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