THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Indiana confirms measles case in Bloomington

The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed a case of measles on Monday in a student at Indiana University Bloomington and is working to identify potential additional cases of the contagious disease.

The student visited the IU Health Bloomington Hospital emergency department and a CVS pharmacy while infectious on March 24, but the student did not attend classes while infectious and does not live on campus. The hospital is contacting individuals who may have been exposed to measles through the infected student.

Visitors to the CVS Pharmacy at 1000 N. College Ave. in Bloomington from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 24 could have been exposed to the measles virus. The health department advised individuals visiting the pharmacy at that time who could not verify two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine or who were born in 1957 or later to contact their healthcare provider. Individuals who develop measles symptoms such as fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash starting on the face and upper neck should remain at home and contact their healthcare provider and the Monroe County Health Department.

The student also visited the IU Student Health Center on March 25, though the individual wore a mask while attending the clinic. The health center is directly contacting individuals who could have been exposed.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory viral disease that is rare in the U.S. because of the widespread availability of the MMR vaccine. Visitors from other countries or U.S. citizens traveling abroad can become infected prior to or during travel.