The babies, all of whom are less than a year old, were susceptible to the virus because they are too young to be vaccinated. The infants were infected in a cluster as a result, and they all attend a KinderCare Learning Center in the Chicago suburbs. This is important because NBC News now reports that as many as 10 other kids from the same day care center may have been exposed to the measles; health officials are projecting that more will come down with the virus.
“We do expect that there will be more cases associated with this daycare,” a rep for the Cook County Department of Public Health said during a news conference.
Unfortunately, there’s no word on who may have passed the measles along to the babies. “At this time, the source of infection for the children is not known. Health officials have taken extra precautions to limit the spread,” the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a joint statement with the Cook County health department.
For starters, health officials are advising that anyone who works for or attends the day care center that hasn’t been vaccinated for measles stay away from other unvaccinated people for the next three weeks (21 days). Last week, one Cook County resident had the first case of measles reported in 2015. According to the Centers For Disease Control more than 100 cases have been spawned from the outbreak at Disneyland where infants contracted measles from older, unvaccinated kids.