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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Indiana Measles Outbreak up to 15

By February 21, 2012

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While the Indiana State Department of Health was busy confirming the 14th case of measles in Indiana yesterday, they were right back on the job today letting everyone know that they have already confirmed the 15th case.

The Indiana measles outbreak is on its way to being one the largest measles outbreak in the United States in recent years. Other large outbreaks include:

  • 23 cases of measles in Minneapolis (2011)
  • 9 cases in Utah (2011)
  • 19 cases in Washington (2008)
  • 32 cases in Illinois (2008)
  • 27 cases in New York (2008)

Looking at these numbers for individual outbreaks, it is hard to believe that it was just 2004 when we had a record low number of total measles cases in the United States - 37 cases.

The Indiana State Department of Health also listed some more places were people may have been exposed to measles, including:

  • Menards on 96th St. in Fishers (Feb. 11)
  • Wal-Mart on 96th St. in Fishers (Feb. 11)
  • Noblesville Street Department on Feb. 8, 14, 15, and 16th
  • a home school basketball league tournament, January 6, at Traders Point Christian Academy in Whitestown

If you could have been exposed to measles at any of these locations (or previously reported locations), be sure to watch for measles symptoms, and call your doctor, clinic, or hospital before going to get treatment so that you can take proper precautions before exposing other people.

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