Two cases of measles have been reported in Latah County, in northern Idaho, since June 5, the first measles cases reported in Idaho since 2001.
According to the North Central District Health Department, the patient was in Moscow’s Gritman Medical Center lab and imaging area on May 31, while he or she was infected but before diagnosis, potentially exposing anyone who was in the waiting area between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on that day.
According to The Idaho Statesman, the first patient was infected due to international travel. A report from Boise State Public Radio on Monday stated that a family member of the first patient was also infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages parents to vaccinate their children before international travel. For infants 6 to 11 months, one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) should be given. Children 1 year and older need two doses separated by 28 days, and teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should also get two doses separated by 28 days.
For more information, visit cdc.gov.