Oklahoma, US is experiencing its first confirmed case of measles since 2015. It is being investigated by The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Cleveland County Health Department.
The infection was identified in a traveller who returned to Oklahoma following international travel. It is highly contagious and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.
Public health officials are alerting those who visited specific locations in Norman, Oklahoma during specified times about potential exposure to the virus.
The OSDH is collaborating with these officials to identify people who may have visited in order to inform them of their exposure and provide recommendations.
Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine (usually given in combination with rubella and mumps – the MMR vaccine) and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at four to six years of age.