The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services received a report of a confirmed measles case in eastern, Nebraska. The person spent time in both Douglas and Sarpy counties.  Measles is a highly contagious disease spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and it’s possible that other people who were in the same locations may have been exposed.

General Measles Information

Clinical Information:
Symptoms of measles generally begin within 7-14 days after exposure.  It starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and sore throat and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. It can also cause severe complications like pneumonia and encephalitis.

Immunity and Vaccination:
Public health officials stress that it’s good for all Nebraskans to know if they have measles immunity
. A person is considered immune if they have two doses of vaccine or were born before 1957.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that children get two doses of MMR vaccine:

  • First dose – 12-15 months old
  • Second dose – 4-6 years old
Measles vaccination is highly effective. Studies show more than 97 percent of people who receive two doses of vaccine are protected.
Historical Information:
Measles is not a new disease but it’s something not seen very often in Nebraska over the last several decades. There were no measles cases in 2016, three in 2015 and one measles case in 2014. Prior to that, the last measles case in a Nebraska resident was in the early 90s.


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