The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has been notified of an adult male who traveled to the Denver metropolitan area from India on May 14 and tested positive for measles at the state laboratory on June 4.
Though the man was not infectious during the time period that he traveled to Colorado, while he was infectious the patient visited a small private physician's office and was later hospitalized at Sky Ridge Medical Center.
Both facilities are notifying exposed patients. The patient made a full recovery.
"We urge everyone to check to make sure they and their family members are up-to-date on measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and all other age-appropriate immunizations. This event shows that diseases like measles are just a plane ride away, even though the disease is uncommon in the U.S. Two doses of measles vaccine is more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles," said Miller.
In Delta County, the risk of seeing measles is very low at this time, said Dr. James Wilson, M.D., who develops the Delta County Pediatric Infectious Disease Forecast.
"We have not issued an advisory for Delta County for a simple reason: the case count is not large for the size of the city (i.e. two cases in an area of millions). Further, Delta County is not associated with high direct traffic volume from Denver compared to other parts of the state. While general awareness is always a good thing, we believe risk of seeing measles cases here in Delta County, at this point in time, is very low compared to baseline risk."
For more information about measles, the public can call CO-HELP at 877-462-2911.blog comments powered by Disqus