Noblesville Mayor Addresses Measles Outbreak

City Employee Diagnosed Friday

The 14th case of measles in central Indiana involves a Noblesville city employee who was diagnosed with the illness on Friday.

Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said officials are working to see if any other employees were exposed to the virus and how the employee in question became infected.

“We reported it to our Hamilton County Health Department and then subsequently to the Indiana Department of Health. We are waiting for them and the Indiana State Department of Health to get back to us," Ditslear said.

Hoosiers in Hamilton and Boone counties were certainly on alert on Saturday, RTV6's Chance Walser reported.

"Hopefully everyone is caught up on vaccines to (keep it) from spreading," resident Nick Slaven said.

Other residents questioned the city’s decision to keep the infected employee’s identity confidential, but Ditslear said it’s a matter of law.

"Employers cannot disclose any health issues with any particular employees. I don't even know the employee’s name, and that is a protection of privacy,” Ditslear said.

The outbreak has put the pressure on many Hoosiers to get the necessary immunizations.

"We actually have my 3-year-old son scheduled to go in for his updated vaccinations,” Slaven said.

Two of the 14 reported cases came from Noblesville schools and dozens of staff and students have since received vaccinations at a local clinic.

Officials said anyone who has not received two doses of measles-containing vaccine is at risk for measles. Those who have been vaccinated for measles are unlikely to catch it. Symptoms can include a fever, cough, runny nose, loss of appetite and a rash.

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