North Dakota has first documented case of measles in 7 years
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s Health Department has documented the state’s first case of measles in seven years.
Officials say the case was reported Tuesday, in a Burleigh County resident who the department says likely contracted the disease out of state.
The person has recovered and is no longer contagious but went to numerous spots in the Bismarck area while contagious. The Health Department is notifying people who were exposed.
The department says measles is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by a rash. All children are recommended to be vaccinated.
It’s the first measles case in North Dakota since 2011, when there was a documented case in Cass County.