A second case of measles has been confirmed in Iowa, through testing at the State Hygienic Lab. This case is an unvaccinated Northeast Iowa resident, who is a household contact of the recently confirmed measles case (an unvaccinated Northeast Iowa resident with recent travel to Israel, where measles transmission is occurring).
This person was identified as part of the initial case investigation and was under a public health voluntary confinement order in the home to prevent further exposures. Because this second measles case has been isolated at home during the measles incubation period, there is no current threat to the general public.
“Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes,” stated Lori Hoch, Director of Public Health. “The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves a room. The best way to prevent measles is to ensure that vaccinations are up-to-date for all persons in your family.”
If you have questions about measles or vaccine recommendations to prevent measles, please contact your health care provider or call Public Health at 712.755.4422.