An additional case of measles has been confirmed in Central Indiana, State health officials said today, bringing the total number of cases to 14. This case was initially reported on Friday, Feb. 17, by the City of Noblesville where the individual resides and works. The case had not been confirmed by the State Health Department at that time.
All confirmed cases of measles have a common association, meaning they all stem from the initial case, which was identified early February. State health officials would like to reiterate that, at this time, no measles cases have been reported as a result of the exposure which occurred at Super Bowl Village on February 3.
The Indiana State Department of Health continues to work with local health departments, health care providers, and all impacted organizations to identify additional cases of measles and to prevent further transmission of the disease.
The State Health Department says individuals may have been exposed to measles at the following places and dates:
- Menards on 96th St., Fishers (Feb. 11)
- Wal-mart on 96th St., Fishers (Feb. 11
- Street Department, City of Noblesville (Feb. 8, 14,15, and 16)
State health officials have also recently learned that one of the earlier confirmed cases visited a Home School Basketball League tournament, Jan. 6, at Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitestown. Individuals who were exposed to measles at this event would have shown symptoms by Jan. 27. If you feel you may have experienced measles from Jan. 6 through Jan. 27, contact your health care provider to let them know.
The Indiana State Department of Health has established a hotline to help answer questions from the general public.
- The hotline number is 1-877-826-0011 (TTY/TTD 1-888-561-0044).
- State Health Department staff will be on-hand during the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to answer questions.
- Note: Immunization status cannot be verified through this hotline. Individuals unsure of vaccination status are encouraged to contact your health care provider, as they have access to the Indiana Immunization Registry.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is rare in the United States due to high levels of vaccination with the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine; however, unvaccinated visitors from other countries can transmit measles to unvaccinated people in the U.S., or unvaccinated U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected during travel.
More than 95 percent of people who receive a single dose of MMR will develop immunity to measles, and more than 99 percent will be protected after receiving a second dose. Two doses of the vaccine are needed to be fully protected. Individuals are encouraged to check with their health care providers to ensure vaccinations are up-to-date.
Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at 1 year of age, and again at 4-6 years of age before going to kindergarten, but children as young as 6 months old can receive the measles vaccine if they are at risk. Individuals born before 1957 are presumed to be immune to measles. If you are unsure about your vaccination history, check with your health care provider, as they have access to vaccination records for many Hoosiers through the Indiana Immunization Registry known as CHIRP.
Measles begins with a fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes about 7-10 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 the same order in which it appeared.
Measles is highly contagious. When infected persons sneeze or cough, droplets spray into the air and are inhaled by others. Those droplets remain active and contagious in the air and on infected surfaces for up to two hours. Measles can also be transmitted when moist secretions from the nose or mouth of an infected person come in contact with the mouth, nose or eyes of another person.
What you can do
Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent transmission.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of measles, stay home and call your doctor right away. Alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person and be prepared to describe your symptoms. If you are ill with measles, remain home and away from others, especially unvaccinated infants, people with diseases affecting their immune systems, and pregnant women.
For information specific to this measles outbreak, please visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website atwww.statehealth.in.gov. Learn how to contact your local health department by visitinghttp://www.state.in.us/isdh/24822.htm.
For more information about measles, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention athttp://www.cdc.gov/measles/.