First Idaho measles case since 2001 confirmed

Henrietta Strickland
Июня 8, 2019

Health officials in Idaho on Wednesday confirmed a measles case in Latah County, the first in the state since 2001.

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) in Twin Falls responded to the measles concern.

Gritman's statement recommended that all unvaccinated people who visited Gritman from 11 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. Friday May 31 contact Public Health.

The Public Health Idaho North Central District has announced a Latah County resident has the measles.

"Measles is preventable and the way to prevent an outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults, who can be vaccinated, do get vaccinated", the department said.

"If you think you or someone you know may have measles, it is extremely important that you self-quarantine at home to prevent spreading the virus", Gritman's statement said.

"Given the recent increase of measles cases across the nation, and now here in Idaho, the best way to protect against becoming infected is by getting immunized", epidemiologist Tanis Maxwell said on Wednesday. "If you have questions about your vaccination status, contact your health care provider". "After the individual left Gritman, all areas of the hospital where they were present were thoroughly cleaned and completely disinfected".

But some groups of people can not be vaccinated, such as infants under 12 months of age, and people with compromised immune systems. But some parts of North Idaho don't.

The disease is contagious from about four days before the rash occurs through four days after the rash disappears.

Nearly every unvaccinated person who has close contact with someone infected with measles will get the disease, according to the CDC. It spreads through the air after a person infected coughs or sneezes. Measles complications can include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and (rarely) brain inflammation.

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