Health officials: Indiana University student has confirmed case of measles

Officials taking steps to prevent spread

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - State health officials confirmed that an Indiana University student in Bloomington has the measles, and others might have been exposed.

The infected student went to the CVS store at 1000 N. College Ave., and state health officials say anyone who visited the same CVS March 24 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. might have been exposed to the virus.

The infected student also went to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, and the hospital is reaching out to people that may have been exposed.

"We were able to contact all of them today by phone, at least leave a message with them, to let them know the situation, so we've done that this afternoon," said Amanda Roach, marketing and public relations manager at the hospital

The hospital is making plans for those people who don't know if they've had the vaccine.

"If they don't know or they're not immune and don't have the vaccination, we're setting up special testing clinics just for those specific people that we've contacted both tomorrow and Monday," Roach said.

The infected person also went to the IU student health center on March 25.

Officials said risk of exposure during that visit is low because the infected student was wearing a mask. 

Most children are vaccinated before kindergarten, but some college students didn't know if they ever got the vaccine.

"I have never had the measles and I do not think I've had the vaccination for it," one student told RTV6.

"I don't really know, actually I know I've never had the measles, and I know I'm like all vaccinated for college, but I'm really not sure if the measles vaccination was in there or not," another student said.

Health officials said the infected student did not attend classes while sick and does not live on campus.

Anyone who might have been exposed to measles who shows symptoms of the virus -- including fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes about seven to 10 days after exposure -- is urged to stay home and contact their doctor and the Monroe County Health Department.

Measles is highly contagious, and droplets from a sneeze or cough can stay active on a surface for two hours.

For more information about measles, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here .

To visit the Indiana State Department of Health, click here .
 

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