Claim of migrant measles outbreak is not true, city's top doctor says

Allison Arwady at lectern
Dr. Allison Arwady in 2020 Photo credit Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's commissioner of public health says recent and inaccurate reports of a measles outbreak could fuel xenophobia.

A sign at the 25th District police headquarters at Grand and Central -- where migrants have been staying – claimed, "This facility has been contaminated by a measles outbreak."

Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady says that is not true and the sign was not posted by her agency.

"There has been no measles outbreak detected among migrants,” she said during a Facebook livesteam on Wednesday.

"There were some individuals who had a rash, and appropriately, they were transported for medical care. There's still some final testing, etc., but we do not have a high suspicion at all for measles."

More likely, she says: chicken pox.

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