For only the 5th time since 1995 a case of measles has been reported in Delaware.
In this case a 6 year old girl from Clayton was diagnosed on January 13th. The case was confirmed by lab tests 10 days later.
It’s now rare to have a case of measles reported. Vaccinations have eliminated all but a few cases nationally. In this case the child was hospitalized and there were no complications in her recovery. Delaware’s Division of Public Health released the information Friday. A spokesperson said there were no other cases of exposure as a result of this case.
The girl’s school, Caravel Academy in Bear, was notified of the incident. Vaccinations are now given to infants at age 12-15 months with a follow up between ages 4 and 6. It is actually harder to diagnose measles, according the the DPH statement, because of the sporadic nature of the disease. It usually starts as a rash.