First Case of Measles Reported in North Dakota Since 2011
It has been seven years since the last case of the measles was reported in the state of North Dakota. The recent case reported is from someone living in Burleigh County.
The person from the case recently reported has recovered and is no longer contagious. Given it's the first case of measles in the state since 2011, it is likely this case was contracted out of state. Those that may have been exposed to the case are being notified by North Dakota's health department.
There are a few locations in the Bismarck area where the person diagnosed with the measles traveled to while contagious, prior to them being diagnosed.
Anyone at the following Bismarck locations on the following dates and times should watch for symptoms or contact a health care provider, should symptoms develop:
- Dan’s Supermarket on Turnpike Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. August 22nd
- Any Mass at Church of Saint Anne from August 20th to August 26th, including children from Saint Anne Elementary School who attended Mass on August 24th
According to WebMD, the first sign of measles is typically a high fever that may start about 10 to 12 days after being exposed to the virus. The high fever may last 4-7 days. During the time of that fever, symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Red eyes
- Sore throat
- Tiny white bumps in your mouth (doctors call these Koplik spots)
- Rash. It usually starts at the hairline and spreads to the neck, torso, limbs, feet, and hands.
The U.S. has had a total of 128 cases of the measles reported in 2018.