Measles outbreak confirmed in Indiana

Officials from the Indiana State Department of Health have confirmed an outbreak of the measles in the northeastern portion of the state.

The cases appear to be the close contacts and family members of a person who contracted the disease while traveling abroad, according to

Those who contracted the disease were all unvaccinated. Public health officials are urging residents to check their immunization records and to get vaccinations if they have not already done so.

A team has been sent to the area to investigate the outbreak.

“So that’s basically to track any exposures that have occurred or may have occurred from the initial case to others who have contracted Measles who have possibly been exposed to even more individuals,” Amy Bukarica, a Department of Health spokeswoman, said, reports.

In total, seven cases of the measles have been confirmed. The Department of Health is unaware of the reason the individuals were not vaccinated.

Recent measles outbreaks in the United States have caused concern among public health officials. The U.S. had about 58 cases of the measles on average annually from 2001 to 2008. Between January 1 and May 20, 2011, there have been 118 confirmed cases of the illness. Ninety percent of the cases were in people who had not received the vaccination.