Measles Found In Moscow

Measles Found In Moscow

Call Dr. If You Have A Fever Or Unexplained Rash

MOSCOW, ID - A new case of measles has popped up east of the Cascades.  Vancouver, WA was previously the hub of local infection, but now Moscow has a confirmed case.  The Latah County resident is the first to have measles in Idaho since 2001. 

You may be at risk if you are not vaccinated and you were in the Laboratory and Imaging Waiting Area at Gritman Medical Center on May 31st between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm.  The infected patient was in the waiting area between 11:00 and 2:30, but the measles virus can remain infectious for two more hours.

Idaho’s North Central Public Health department says if you were there during that time, find out if you are vaccinated.  If you develop a fever or an unexplained rash, contact your primary care provider and let him or her know.  The health department says you should not go into an urgent care facility, hospital, or your doctor’s office without calling first to let them know.

Measles is highly contagious to unvaccinated people and can be spread through a cough or sneeze into the air. 

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