Milwaukee records its first measles case of 2011

Milwaukee health officials have confirmed that a child has been hospitalized with a case of measles, which is the city's first confirmed case of the disease in 2011.
The last measles case confirmed in the city was in 2008, the Associated Press reports. According to health officials, the child is a refugee whose family recently moved to the city.
The Milwaukee Health Department is urging Milwaukee area healthcare professionals to look out for the appearance of measles cases in the next few weeks and to report all suspected cases.
Health officials are also urging measles vaccinations for people who have not been vaccinated. Residents of the city who do not have insurance or a medical provider can receive vaccinations at Milwaukee Health Department health centers beginning Thursday at the Northwest Health Center.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a viral respiratory disease that typically grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs. Symptoms of the disease include a blotchy rash, feeling run down and achy, red, watery eyes, runny nose, cough, fever and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth known as Koplik's spots. Measles spread through the air by coughing, breathing or sneezing and any child who is exposed to it who is not immune will probably get the disease.