A second case of measles has been confirmed in Nebraska, this time in western Nebraska.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services reports it has received a report of a confirmed measles case in Lincoln County. DHHS says it is working with West Central District Health Department and medical personnel to reach Nebraskans at risk for exposure and to make sure they get tested or receive vaccinations.
DHHS received a report of a confirmed case of measles in eastern Nebraska late last month. State health officials are investigating whether the two cases are related.
State health officials report symptoms of measles generally begin within 7-14 days after exposure. It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It can also cause severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis.
Anyone who experiences measles-like symptoms, they should see a doctor. Those most at risk are those who have not been vaccinated or have had only one dose of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine or someone who hasn’t had the measles.
The vaccination for measles is highly effective with studies showing more than 97% of those who receive two doses of vaccine are protected.
Measles is not new, Nebraska hasn’t seen very many cases over the last several decades. There were no measles cases in 2016, three in 2015 and one measles case in 2014, according to DHHS. Prior to that, the last measles case in a Nebraska resident was in the early 90s.
For additional measles information, go to:
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – click here
West Central District Health Department – click here
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – click here