In a follow-up with more detail on the measles case reported in Maine last week, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the case involves a school-aged child from Somerset County. The child is vaccinated, did not have any serious complications, and is fully recovered from the disease.

It’s currently unknown where Maine’s case was exposed to measles. However, sporadic cases are not unexpected.

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Individuals were potentially exposed to measles if they were at the locations below during the following time periods:

Location Date Time
Madison Junior High School Tuesday April 30
Wednesday May 1
Thursday May 2
Friday May 3
7am – 5pm
Madison Junior High School’s Baseball Field Thursday May 2 2:30pm – 7pm
Madison Junior High School’s Baseball Field Saturday May 4 7:00am – 12:00pm
Madison Area Memorial High School Tuesday April 30
Wednesday May 1
Friday May 3
9:00am – 12:00pm
Waterville Pediatrics Thursday May 2 7:50am – 10:15am
Redington Fairview Emergency Department Saturday May 4 9:30pm – Midnight
Redington Fairview Emergency Department Sunday May 5 12:01am – 2:15am
Redington Fairview Emergency Department Monday May 6 2:25pm – 5:25pm

Maine CDC has confirmed no additional cases of measles this year.

“The best protection against measles is vaccination,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett. “MMR vaccine provides long-lasting protection against measles, and in those rare cases where vaccinated individuals become ill, vaccination helps reduce the severity and spread of illness, potentially saving lives.”

The last reported case of measles in a Maine resident was in 2017 in an individual who had acquired it after traveling overseas. Maine CDC was also notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on April 1, 2019 of a confirmed case of measles in a Massachusetts resident who had visited two businesses in Maine.

From January 1 to May 17, 2019, 880 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 24 states. This is an increase of 41 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

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