WASHINGTON D.C. – Officials thought they found a case of measles in Madison County, Illinois. Sen. Dick Durbin told the press about the case on Friday. The Madison County case is now been confirmed as a rash, not measles. The case came back as a false positive, according to Durbin's office.
It is one of three cases being investigated in the state, on top of the two cases from a Chicago-area suburban daycare that was previously confirmed.
Durbin said the MMR vaccine has been proven to be safe and encourages everyone to be vaccinated.
"We have two confirmed cases of measles from the Palatine day care and three cases being investigated in the laboratory. There may be more. We have a reported case in Madison County, IL and another case that was reported this morning in Lake County,” Durbin said. “Now we're facing serious challenges and the numbers are troubling. According to the health department, measles are coming in from foreign visitors, and not being vaccinated. Measles is the most contagious disease. The bottom line is the vaccine is safe and everyone should be vaccinated.
Durbin’s office said it learned about the case from the CDC and the Illinois Department of Health. However, Madison County Illinois Health Director Toni Corona said that Durbin is incorrect and there are no confirmed cases of measles in the county.
The senator castigated fellow politicians, some of whom in recent days have called into question the effectiveness or safety of the vaccine.
“I think the politicians around this country have got to stop playing doctor,” Durbin said. “Some of the loose comments that they have made about the measles vaccination just make the situation worse.”