Idaho health officials are reporting the first measles case in the state in 18 years in Moscow.

Public Health – Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) made the announcement yesterday and are collaborating with Gritman Medical Center and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to respond.

Potential exposure locations have been identified as follows:

Date Time Location
May 31, 2019 11:00am – 2:30pm Gritman Hospital, Lab Waiting Area, Moscow, ID
May 26, 2019 Trinity Reformed Church, 101 Palouse River Dr, Moscow, ID 83843
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These times include the period when the individual was at the location and two hours after. Measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after someone infectious with measles leaves the area. Anyone who was at this location during the times listed above could have been exposed to measles.

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Measles is preventable and the way to prevent an outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults, who can be vaccinated, do get vaccinated. If you are ill and think you have measles, stay at home contact your healthcare provider. If you think you have been exposed and you are not vaccinated stay at home and contact Public Health. If you have questions about your vaccination status contact your healthcare provider.

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