SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Indiana town reports 14 measles cases

John Ditslear, the mayor of Noblesville, Indiana, has confirmed that one of the city's employees has been diagnosed with measles, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the area to 14.

The cases have been clustered in central Indiana's Boone and Hamilton counties. The city employee received the diagnosis on Friday. Officials in Noblesville are attempting to find out how the worker was exposed and if any other employees have likewise been exposed, WRTV-TV and the Associated Press report.

Health officials in Indiana on Tuesday said that the state had 13 cases that were confirmed and that additional cases were expected due to the three week incubation period of the illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a viral respiratory disease that grows in the cells that line the back of the lungs and throat. Measles spreads through the air by coughing, sneezing and breathing and is so contagious that any child exposed to it without immunity is likely to get the disease. Symptoms of measles include a cough, runny nose, fever and a rash all over the body.

Measles is nearly gone from the United States, though it still kills approximately 200,000 people a year worldwide. Measles can also lead to complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.