Measles case reported in Delaware

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.

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