Iowa Gets First Confirmed Case of Measles Since 2011

A northeast Iowan who recently returned to the U-S from Israel has been diagnosed with Iowa’s first case of measles in eight years.

The infected person, who was not identified, had not been vaccinated against the disease and was tested at the State Hygenic Lab this past weekend.

Israel, Ukraine and the Phillippines are all places where measles have become more prevalent.

The Iowa Dept. of Public Health says to-date 555 cases of the disease have been confirmed in 20 states in this country this year.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says outbreaks have occurred in New York, California, Washington and New Jersey.   The experts say up-to-date vaccinations are the best way to prevent the disease and save lives.