Delaware reports fifth measles case since 1995

The Division of Public Health in Delaware has identified a laboratory-confirmed case of measles in a six-year-old girl from Clayton, which marks only the fifth case of measles in the state since 1995.

The case was clinically diagnosed on January 13 by the child's physician and was confirmed by Lab Corp on January 23. The child had been previously vaccinated against measles and had not recently traveled, WGMD reports.

The child did not require hospitalization and did not have any complications from the illness. The child's school, Caravel Academy, has been notified of her illness and has been following the DPH's recommendations by notifying appropriate staff and parents. No other cases have been identified in people the child was exposed to.

Measles is a contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that can cause a runny nose, cough, fever and a generalized rash. Measles is a common disease in many countries outside of the United States and can cause infection during international travel. Complications of measles include diarrhea, ear infection, encephalitis, pneumonia and, in severe cases, death. While the vaccine against measles is extremely effective, no vaccine provides 100 percent immunity. The DPH recommends immunization with the combination vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella.