Illinois community college student 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.

ELGIN, Ill. (AP) – A student at a suburban Chicago community college has been diagnosed with measles.

Kane County Health Department spokesman Tom Schlueter said Wednesday that the Elgin Community College student with measles lives in Cook County. The student already has been counted among the 10 confirmed cases in Illinois.

A notice on the college website says the student attended classes Feb. 3 and 5 and visited the library Feb. 3. Health officials are recommending anyone exposed and not vaccinated should stay out of school for 21 days and contact a doctor.

Schlueter says the risk is low for students and staff who’ve been vaccinated. The college has contacted students and instructors who shared a class with the student to let them know about the possible exposure to the contagious virus.

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