Health Matters: Measles Outbreak

By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email
By: Triston Sanders-Medical Anchor Email

May 30, 2011
A measles outbreak in Iowa started by a baby being treated for the disease at the hospital.
Health officials have identified 23 patients who were at Mercy Hospital at the same time as the infected baby.
Out of those 17 are now quarantined at home awaiting test results to see if they're contagious.
If they are health officials say they could be stuck at home for several weeks.
While the health department looks for more people who may have been in contact with the child.
They recommend checking your vaccination records to see if you are protected.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 118 measles cases so far this year.
That's the highest amount in the January to May period since 1996.

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