MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Measles outbreak reported in Indiana

Indiana health officials recently reported that they are trying to contain an outbreak of measles that has infected at least a dozen people in two counties.

The officials said that more cases are likely to appear as they continue to investigate areas visited by those affected, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Three new cases were recently confirmed by the Indiana State Department of Health in Boone and Hamilton counties, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 13 for the month of February.

Measles has an incubation period of up to three weeks, which raises expectations that the infection has already spread.

After a Noblesville middle school student was suspected of coming down with the illness, school officials cleaned and disinfected the school in question. A spokeswoman for the school, Sharon Trisler, said that 98 percent of the students in the district are properly vaccinated. The district has notified the students who are not and asked that they consider getting the shot.

Ken Severson, a health department spokesman, said that all of the cases appear to be connected to the initially reported case - a person infected by an undiagnosed sibling. The sibling, and another who also contracted the infection, visited the Super Bowl Village in downtown Indianapolis on February 3, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that no additional cases have been linked to the Super Bowl, but cautioned that could change in the next couple of weeks. Indiana officials notified health departments in Massachusetts and New York about the cases.