Second case of measles confirmed in a Latah County resident


A second case of measles has been confirmed in a Latah County resident.  The Idaho Public Health Department reports that this case is a family member of the initial case.  The most recent case is an individual who was partially immunized.  The first case is a child too young to be immunized.  Both individuals were exposed while traveling internationally.  There has been no spread of measles to the general public.

Two public exposure locations have been identified in Moscow.  The first public exposure was at Trinity Reformed Church on Sunday May 26th from 9:15 in the morning to 2:00 that afternoon.  The second public exposure location was when the initial patient was taken to the hospital for treatment.  That exposure was at Gritman Medical Center on Friday May 31st from 11:00 in the morning to 2:30 that afternoon.

Public health officials say the best way to prevent a measles outbreak is to ensure that everyone is vaccinated.

And yet, in this very case, everyone was vaccinated per the CDC guidelines. 

What then? 

The highly contagious disease starts with a severe fever with coughing and sneezing followed by a rash.

Anyone who thinks they may have the measles needs to self-quarantine at home and call a health care provider.

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