By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the measles situation in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Okmulgee County Health Department have identified three additional cases of measles in Okmulgee County.

Okmulgee County
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All three cases are close contacts of the initial case from May 15. There have now been a total of four cases of measles in Oklahoma in 2019. No new cases of measles have been identified in any counties outside of Okmulgee County.

Interviews were completed for more than 250 individuals that were affiliated with settings where an exposure to the original case of measles may have occurred.

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“This is a coordinated effort by a number of public health professionals,” said Burnsed. “It is important for us to identify settings where individuals may have been exposed to advise them of their risk and implement measures to prevent the spread of illness to those who may be unvaccinated, and persons who may be at greater risk of illness due to compromised immune systems or children who may not be old enough to receive full protection.”

As of May 24, there have been 940 cases of measles reported in 26 states. This is the highest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994.