First measles case since 2011 identified in Iowa



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Aadit Tambe, Assistant Digital Editor

The first case of measles in Iowa since 2011 was confirmed over the weekend, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Health. Through testing by the State Hygienic Lab, a northeastern Iowan was confirmed to be infected with measles.

The individual was unvaccinated and had recently returned from Israel, where measles transmission is occurring. 

“The individual has cooperated with public-health officials,” the press release stated. “Public-health officials are following up with potentially exposed persons to ensure they are vaccinated against measles.”

Related: Vaccine exemptions on the rise in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Public Health clarified that there is no indication of a threat to the public at this time. It however, serves as a reminder to ensure that vaccinations are up-to-date.

“Vaccines prevent diseases and save lives,” the press release stated.