5 children at Illinois day care diagnosed with measles

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This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or virion, of measles virus.

PALATINE, Ill. (AP) _ Health officials say five children under age 1 who attend the same suburban Chicago day care have been diagnosed with measles.

The Illinois and Cook County health department said Thursday that lab tests confirmed measles in two children who attend KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine. Test results are pending for the other three children but they’ve been diagnosed based on clinical criteria.

Officials say it’s not clear if the cases are linked to the outbreak that started at Disneyland in December or to one other suburban Chicago case confirmed last month.

Everyone affiliated with the day care has been notified and anyone not vaccinated for measles has been instructed to stay home and away from unvaccinated individuals for 21 days.

A KinderCare spokeswoman says the facility has been thoroughly cleaned.

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