Measles Health Alert

The West Virginia Department of Health (DH) has confirmed a case of measles in a partially vaccinated Monongalia County resident who recently traveled internationally. This is the first case of measles reported in West Virginia since 2009. State health officials are working closely with Monongalia County Health Department staff to investigate the case and conduct contact tracing. DH is not aware of any broader community public exposures for the confirmed case, however in an abundance of caution, we are alerting clinicians to the presence of measles in Monongalia County and asking providers to consider measles in patients who present with compatible symptoms.

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Distributed via the WV Health Alert Network – April 24, 2024

Practice Prevention:
Measles is almost entirely preventable through vaccination. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccines are safe and highly effective, with two doses being 97% effective against measles (one dose is 93% effective). Parents and guardians should ensure children are current on routine immunizations, including MMR. All U.S. residents traveling internationally, regardless of destination, should be current on their MMR vaccinations.