Confirmed measles cases grow in Cache Valley

There are now five confirmed cases of the measles in Cache Valley. According to the Bear River Health Department, there are no additional “probable” or “suspect” cases. The health department continues to investigate possible measles cases and to track all contacts of confirmed cases in an effort to contain the measles outbreak and minimize the outbreak’s impact on the community.The first case of measles in many years was detected earlier this month. That number quickly spread to four confirmed cases by June 7 and that number has now grown to five. The health department reminds people that during communicable disease outbreaks, like this current measles outbreak, public health departments are responsible for locating potentially exposed individuals, providing vaccinations and/or administering immune globulin, and educating the public on prevention and the signs and symptoms of disease.The health department also oversees isolation of confirmed cases and voluntary quarantine of contacts without adequate immunity. For more information, contact a primary care physician or the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6500.BRHD Measles Information:Children and adults born after 1957 who have not been immunized with two doses of MMR vaccine should see their private physician or come to the Bear River Health Department and get immunized.Individuals who are sick with fever and/or rash should stay home (voluntary isolation) so as not to infect others and call ahead before visiting a healthcare provider so providers can keep them separated from other patients.

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