TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Second case of measles found in Milwaukee

A second case of the measles was recently confirmed in the Milwaukee, Wis., area by the Milwaukee Health Department and several more are expected.

Public health officials confirmed that the additional case is an adult and that they are looking at three or four additional cases that might be the measles, WISN.com reports.

The health department is investigating where the original patient, a child who recently arrived in the Milwaukee area, might have been while infectious to determine who might be at an increased risk of catching the illness.

According to the health department, the measles virus travels easily through the area and being in the same building with an infectious person is enough to be at risk of catching the disease.

Those that have not been vaccinated are being urged to visit community clinics that will be held weekend. Turnout was low at the two clinics that have already been held, according to a health department spokeswoman, WISN.com reports.

Milwaukee vaccination rates for school age children are considered low, standing at approximately 80 percent. The rate is lower - about 50 percent - for children aged one to three.

Symptoms of the measles may appear within 10 to 12 days after exposure. They include fever, cough, runny nose and water red eyes. Red spots with white centers may appear inside the mouth around this time as well.