Measles case confirmed in northeastern Iowa; first case in Iowa since 2011

Photo: CDC / Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald (MGN)
Photo: CDC / Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald (MGN)(WKYT)
Published: Apr. 15, 2019 at 10:30 AM CDT
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The Iowa Department of Public Health says it has confirmed its first measles case since 2011 in the northeastern part of the state.

The health department did not give a more specific location. They told KCRG-TV9 that giving a location could potentially lead to the identification of the patient. They said that since there's no public health emergency, the need to release additional details is not there.

Health officials on Monday said the person was not vaccinated and recently came back from Israel, where measles is spreading.

Over the weekend, officials said they confirmed the case through testing at the State Hygienic Lab.

The infected person has cooperated with health officials, according to a press release.

Officials said they are following up with others who could have potentially been exposed to ensure they are vaccinated. They believe there is no danger to the public.

U.S. officials say 90 measles cases were reported across the United States last week, and 555 cases have been reported in 20 states this year.

Measles symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough and a rash. It's highly contagious to the unvaccinated and can be fatal.

to learn about measles from the CDC.