220 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. since November 3, 2018.
- Europe is experiencing a large measles outbreak with over 41,000 cases of reported in 2018.
- In the U.S., 220 cases have been reported from 25 states and D.C. as of November 3rd, 2018.
- The last case of measles reported in Montana was in 1990.
- Measles complications can include: pneumonia, encephalitis, and/or death.
- Measles is highly contagious. One person can infect 12-18 susceptible people
WHO'S AT RISK
- Babies who are too young for vaccine (<12 months)
- Pregnant women
- Average:14 days (range 7-21 days)
- High fever (up to 104 F)
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes
- Rash (spreads from head to toe)
- Koplik spots (sometimes)
- Travel to a place where measles is endemic
- Contact with someone who has measles
- Visitors from areas where measles is occurring
- Not receiving a measles vaccine (MMR)
IF YOU SUSPECT MEASLES
- Work with your health care provider and they will help evaluate signs and symptoms and risk factors to determine if measles is high on the suspicion list.
- Measles is immediately reportable to local public health.
- Reporting should not wait until lab results are available.
- If you suspect measles, report it ASAP.
- A diagnosis of measles is confirmed by prompt laboratory testing.
- The gold standard is PCR and can be performed as soon as possible following rash onset.
- Blood tests for IgM and IgG antibody production may also be helpful.
- The measles vaccine (MMR) is extremely effective against preventing the disease in those who are >12 months of age.
- Two doses of MMR are 97% effective.
- Call Tribal Health at 406-745-3525 to get the MMR vaccination today.