MEASLES REPORTED IN CENTRAL IOWA
(Atlantic) A confirmed case of measles has occurred in a Dallas County resident. Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder says this situation is being treated as a public health emergency because measles can be very troublesome for certain populations in particular pregnant women.
“Measles is one of those childhood diseases with certain immunizations we hope we don’t have any of but once in awhile it pops up and so far all of the Iowa cases have been on the eastern side of the state,” said Coder. “Obvisiously, we have had some movement and it is closer to our area with the case in Dallas County.”
Local public health officials in Dallas and Polk counties are working with the Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) to determine who this individual may have exposed to measles and are at risk of becoming ill. Coder says she has notified all the Cass County Health providers.
“We have given them instructions on what they should be watching for and what they should be doing should they find someone with the symptoms of measles,” stated Coder. “For the public’s information, that would be fever, rash and running nose…but particularly the rash would be the differentiating factor.”
Coder says, there are vaccinations that prevent measles and now might be a good time to look at whether you or your children are up-to-date on the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines.
Any individuals who visited the following locations at the listed times should check to make sure they have received two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccines. Those older than their mid-50s and know that they had measles as a child do not need to be vaccinated. If you have been at these places during these times and have not received two doses of MMR (or are not sure if you have received two MMRs), you should contact your county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated.
American Airlines Flight AA3965, Departed Chicago O’Hare: 11:55 a.m. arrived at the Des Moines International Airport: 1:05 p.m. on May 11. Alternatively, May 14, at the Mercy Central Pediatric Clinic from 10:00 a.m. to close.
To be fully vaccinated, an individual should have had two doses of the measles vaccine, or have had measles in the past.