TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Utah reports new measles case

Health officials in Cache County, Utah, have confirmed their first measles case of the year, two weeks after Salt Lake County officials declared their measles outbreak over.

Cache County is approximately 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, which had nine confirmed cases when it declared its outbreak over after no new cases for 28 consecutive days, according to NECN.com. The nine cases had been linked to one unvaccinated person who contracted the disease in Poland.

The Bear River Health Department said that officials think the child in Cache County diagnosed with TB was exposed to measles at some point in mid-May. The agency asked around 15 people who might have had contact with the child to self-quarantine in order to stop the spread.

The agency in Salt Lake County contacted over 12,000 people who were possibly exposed to the virus, placing 184 under voluntary quarantine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a viral respiratory disease that grows in the cells lining the back of the throat and lungs. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, fever and a rash all over the body. Measles is mostly gone from the United States, but it still kills close to 200,000 people around the world each year. Measles spreads through the air by coughing, sneezing or breathing. It is so contagious that it is likely that any child exposed to it who is not immune will get the disease.