The First Measles Case of 2018 is at IU Bloomington

And the first measles case of 2018 is in…

  • Bloomington, Indiana

Unvaccinated children exposed to measles are quarantined for at least 21 days.

A student at Indiana University in Bloomington was diagnosed with measles on January 6.

The student may have exposed others between the time they arrived on campus on January 2, moved into her dorm (McNutt Residence Hall), and got diagnosed on January 6.

Fortunately, classes haven’t started yet, so exposure to others might have been lower than they typically might have been.

She likely did expose others on January 2:

  • on a flight from Mumbai, India to Newark Liberty International Airport
  • during a layover in Newark Liberty International Airport
  • on a flight from Newark to Indianapolis International Airport
  • at Indianapolis International Airport

Because measles has a long incubation period, remember that it might not be until January 23 that you develop symptoms if you were exposed are not immune (two doses of vaccine or natural immunity).

Indiana Measles Outbreaks

Surprisingly, this is not the first case of measles at this campus in recent years. Just four years ago, another student at Indiana University Bloomington was diagnosed with measles.

Or maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising.

Indiana has had some large measles outbreaks triggered by unvaccinated travelers returning to the state.
Indiana has had some large measles outbreaks triggered by unvaccinated travelers returning to the state.

There has been a lot of measles in Indiana in recent years:

  • an outbreak caused by an unvaccinated traveler who got 13 other people sick in 2011
  • another outbreak in 2012, also triggered by an unvaccinated traveler, also got 13 other people sick

In fact, since 2010, there have been at least 34 cases of measles in Indiana, including the latest case at IU Bloomington. Almost all have been unvaccinated.

And that’s with a pretty good vaccination rate.

Why?

Pockets of susceptibles, or so-called clusters of unvaccinated people, who get measles and then put the rest of us at risk.

Get educated.

Stop the outbreaks.

Vaccines work. Vaccines are safe and vaccines are necessary.

What to Know About Measles in Indiana

Indiana has been one of the states where we have seen measles outbreaks linked to clusters of unvaccinated people and is home to the first measles case of 2018.

More on Measles in Indiana

Updated January 13, 2018

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