SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018

Utah confirms five new measles cases

Public health officials in northern Utah have confirmed that five measles cases have been identified in Cache County and, in response, are urging people to get vaccinated.

The Bear River Health Department confirmed the first case in the outbreak in early June. The victim is a child who is believed to have come into contact with measles sometime in mid-May. The four new patients all came in contact with the child, according to

The health department said that there are no additional probable or suspected cases and that it is continuing to investigate and track all of those who have had contact with the victims in order to minimize the effect on the community, according to

Jill Parker, a BRHD spokeswoman, told that epidemiologists are unsure of how the child contracted the disease, which has shown a resurgence in the United States in recent years. Parker urged all persons born after 1957, who have not received two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to get immunized.

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