Child in NH diagnosed with measles


KEENE, NH (WMUR) Measles has been diagnosed in a New Hampshire child, and health officials are warning people in Keene that the child has been visited.

"We wanted to inform the public of a confirmed case of measles in a child we identified in Cheshire County," said Beth Daly of the state's Department of Health and Human Services.

The source of the infection is still under study, public health officials said Sunday.

The child was at the following places on these dates:

• May 12: Crib hour (9am to 1pm) and coffee time (11am to 2pm) at the United Church of Christ at 23 Central Square in Keene

• May 16: Keene Montessori School Infants / Toddlers Room at 125 Railroad Street from 9 am to 3 pm

• May 16: The walk-in clinic at Cheshire Medical Center, located at 149 Emerald Street, Keene, from 1 pm to 5 pm.

All those who are in these areas during these times should make sure that their vaccines are up to date, health officials said. Those who think they have been exposed can contact HHS at 603-271-9461.

"The person was not necessarily there for so long, but we counted that window, so it's highly transferable," Daly said.

Daly said that the child was recovering.

"Measles is a very contagious disease that can be transmitted by air, but the measles vaccine is very effective and safe." Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to one of the listed places and who is not neither vaccinated nor immune should call the NH Division of Public Health Services, "added Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist, in a statement.

At the United Church of Christ, members were informed of the case by an email and an HHS notification registered at the entrance.

"You see these things happening across the country, and there's always a sense of" Well, it's happening elsewhere, "and then seeing it suddenly in our own church was a little revealing," said Gary Barnes from Keene.

"Well, I'm mostly concerned about both ends of the scale – young children exposed and seniors," said Jan Barnes of Keene.

"I grew up at a time when there was measles everywhere.I had measles in my childhood.This was not a pleasant experience to live in. I had a rash cutaneous on my body – very uncomfortable, not happy not to be able to get out of bed, "said Paul Hudgik of Keene.

This is the second case of measles identified in the state this year.

Measles is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person by air when someone with the disease sneezes, coughs or talks, health officials say. The virus can remain contagious in the air for two hours.

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