Majority of Chicago’s Measles Cases Linked to Venezuelan Immigrants

A report from the Centers for Disease Control has linked 84 percent of Chicago’s recent cases of measles back to the illegal aliens from Venezuela living in the city.

The report found that 84 percent of the identified cases were found in illegals from Venezuela who were unvaccinated.

Fifty-seven cases were found in the same migrant shelter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.

The organization also noted that sixteen percent of the cases in Chicago could be traced back to people who contracted the disease in Peru and Chile.

In March 2024, a case of measles had been confirmed at a migrant facility in Chicago where a five-year-old child died of an unknown illness in December.

The young child who was infected later recovered, but it was not clear how many of the 1,876 migrants living in the shelter were exposed.

“Right now, with this potential exposure to a rapidly spreading virus such as measles, it’s critical to have an isolation plan,” Chicago Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, who represents the neighborhood where the shelter is located, said at the time.

“People need to be in isolation while they are being tested and will learn more of the assessment while people are sheltering in place, and we will wait for the results of the tests,” Sigcho-Lopez.

Chicago city health officials asked all shelter residents to remain in place until it could be determined whether migrants were vaccinated against measles and immune to the disease.

“This is, unfortunately, a process that is too long when you have 1,800 people (in the shelter),” Sigcho-Lopez said. “I recognize the process that has been made, but given how quickly this virus is spreading, we need to get people isolated.”

In an email to parents, Chicago Public Schools officials said that they would be on the lookout for students from the shelter who were accompanied by a parent and they would be told that their child would not be permitted to attend classes.