Second confirmed case of measles in Idaho



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Idaho

LEWISTON (KIVI) – A second case of measles was confirmed in Idaho just days after diagnosis of the first case.

The Central Northern District of Idaho Public Health indicates that the initial case was a child too young to be vaccinated. The most recent case is a family member of the child who has been partially immunized because of his age.

Officials say that there has been no spread of measles to the general public in Latah County or in Idaho for the time being.

Public health said the initial case had caught measles through international travel and not by an American epidemic. Officials estimate that the latest case has also been exposed to measles during international travel.

According to the district, most people in Latah County are immunized against measles through vaccination, which reduces the risk to the general public.

Officials said that if you were at Gritman's medical center, lab, and imaging room on May 31 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm, you should be on the lookout for fever and an unexplained rash.

If you think you have measles, you should find out if you are up to date with your measles vaccinations. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, do not go to the hospital or clinic without calling first.

These are the first cases of measles in Idaho since 2001.

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