No Measles in Wyoming – Yet
Written by wendycorr on July 10, 2019
America’s measles outbreak continues to grow.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week said there have been just over 1100 measles cases reported in 28 states this year through July 3rd. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1992. Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.
However, there have been no reported cases at all in Wyoming, according to Park County Public Health Nursing Manager Bill Crampton. But he says there have been local reports of illnesses that are similar to measles, prompting doctors to test for the disease.
The CDC reports that most of the cases in the U.S. have been linked to travelers who brought measles back from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks are occurring. Outbreaks have spread further among pockets of unvaccinated people.
Measles symptoms include runny nose, red eyes, a cough, high fever and the tell-tale rash. Serious complications include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain.
Crampton points out that the best preventative action is to get the MMR vaccine that protects against measles, mumps and rubella.