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Migrant Shelters Grapple with Dual Outbreak: Tuberculosis Follows Measles

Migrant Shelters Grapple with Dual Outbreak: Tuberculosis Follows Measles
Migrant Shelters Grapple with Dual Outbreak: Tuberculosis Follows Measles

Tuberculosis Breaks Out at Chicago Migrant Shelters Following Measles Cases

Chicago health officials have reported a "small number" of tuberculosis (TB) cases at some migrant facilities following a recent outbreak of measles among migrants living in the city's shelters.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) stated that the TB cases were detected in "a few different shelters" in the city. However, officials did not disclose the exact number of confirmed cases or the specific shelter locations where they originated.

The agency's medical teams are actively conducting contact tracing to address the health issue. Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that primarily affects the lungs.

Coexistence with Measles Outbreak

The confirmed tuberculosis cases emerge amidst an ongoing measles outbreak in Chicago, with more than 55 cases now confirmed, mainly concentrated in the Pilsen migrant shelter on Halsted Street.

Medical Response and Prevention

CDPH emphasized that TB is curable with antibiotics and is not highly infectious. It typically requires prolonged close contact between individuals to spread.

While TB is not a novel or rare illness in Chicago, with an average of 100-150 cases reported annually, the department assu

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