June 17, 2018

Potential Measles Exposure at Chicago Restaurant

Contact a health care provider if you think you were exposed

Anel Ruiz    312-401-8007 / Anel.Ruiz@cityofchicago.org

On June 15, 2018, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) was notified of an individual with a laboratory confirmed measles infection. Measles is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.
People may have been exposed to measles if they were at Honeygrow restaurant located at 70 E. Lake  St. on June 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  CDPH has already begun contacting Chicago residents who were at risk of exposure. Honeygrow has been cooperating with CDPH's investigation and there is no ongoing risk at the restaurant. Most individuals are vaccinated routinely in childhood and are not at high risk.  Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals. Individuals who think they have been exposed should check with their health care provider about protection through prior vaccination and notify CDPH.
Symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.  If you develop symptoms of measles, CDPH recommends you call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department.  Special arrangements can be made for your evaluation while also protecting other patients and medical staff from possible infection.

"This is an important reminder to make sure that individuals and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations.  When you have that protection, you are also helping to protect others who can't get vaccinated, such as infants under six months of age or those with weakened immune systems," said CDPH Commissioner, Julie Morita, M.D.

For more information about measles, contact your health care provider, or visit the CDPH website at 
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdph/supp_info/infectious/get-the-facts--measles.html. Restaurant customers who think they may have been exposed can call the Chicago Department of Public Health Immunization program at 312-746-6344 during weekday work hours. After hours, weekends, and holidays, call 311 and ask for the communicable disease physician on call.

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