Case of measles confirmed in northern Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) State health officials have confirmed a case of measles in northern Indiana. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with local health departments and healthcare providers in LaGrange and Steuben counties to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient while infectious and to prevent further transmission of the disease.  

ISDH is also consulting with public health officials in Michigan and Texas because the investigation has found risk of exposure in those states as well.  

Individuals who visited these locations on the dates and times provided may have been exposed: 

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Urgent Care – 1381 N. Wayne St., Angola, IN 46703  

3:45 p.m. – 6:35 p.m. Saturday, March 30 

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital Laboratory  

5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday, March 30 

Holy Angels Catholic Church – 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091  

Sunday, March 31  

San Miguel Grocery – 211 Jacob St., Sturgis, MI 49091  

Sunday, March 31  

Walmart Supercenter – 1500 S. Centerville Road, Sturgis, MI 49091  

Sunday, March 31  

Chuy’s Restaurant – 1512 Harvey Road, College Station, TX 77840  

Friday, March 29 

Anyone who may have been exposed at those locations should watch for symptoms until April 21. 

The Health Department told WANE 15 News the infected person lives in LaGrange County and is no longer infectious. 

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to the widespread availability of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine; however, visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected before or during travel.  

From Jan. 1 to March 28, 2019, 387 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. Indiana had one confirmed measles case in 2018. 

Indiana’s last major outbreak of Measles was in 2005 when 33 cases were reported. A 17-year-old unvaccinated child got infected while on a mission trip to Romania. When she came back, she went to church, exposing the virus to unvaccinated children whose parents objected to vaccinations.  

Health officials say the best defense against Measles is immunization. 

Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes usually about 7 to 10 days after exposure but can occur up to 21 days after exposure. The fever increases and can get as high as 105 degrees. Two to four days later, a rash starts on the face and upper neck. It spreads down the back and trunk and then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about five days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared. If you have these symptoms, you are encouraged to call your family healthcare provider.

Measles is highly contagious. Because it is so easily spread, a single case is considered an outbreak. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air. Those droplets remain infective in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. 

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