Measles case confirmed in Latah Co.; first in Idaho since 2001

Public health officials said there is a confirmed measles case in Latah County.

This is the first confirmed measles case in the state of Idaho since 2001, according to the Idaho Public Health – North Central District.

Authorities said the infected person may have exposed the measles to the public before the diagnosis was made. IPH said the person was at Gritman Medical Center’s Laboratory and Imaging waiting area between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on May 31.

IPH said this time period includes the time the infected person spent at Gritman Medical Center and two hours after. The measles virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after someone infectious leaves the area.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease. It spreads through the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Authorities recommend getting a measles vaccination in order to avoid potential risk.

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