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A new case of measles has been confirmed in Indiana and this one is in Adams County.
An unvaccinated resident of the county was exposed to measles while traveling overseas, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) spokeswoman Amy Reel said late Monday afternoon.
The case is unrelated to an outbreak in the Indianapolis metro area, she added.
The person may have exposed other people to the highly infectious respiratory disease during a trip to the emergency room at Bluffton Regional Medical Center on the evening of Feb. 20, Reel said. The hospital was working to identify people who might have come into close contact with the infected person.
The Adams County patient took steps to limit contact with others after being notified by a group the person had traveled with overseas of possible exposure to measles, Reel said. The patient no longer is contagious.
In central Indiana, 16 linked cases, have been confirmed in Boone and Hamilton Counties. Other cases resulting from exposure to those cases still could develop through March 14, ISDH said.
Measles is rare in the U.S. because of high vaccination rates, but unvaccinated U.S. residents can become infected during travel overseas and unvaccinated visitors from other countries can transmit measles to unvaccinated people in the U.S. Children are routinely vaccinated for measles at 1 year of age and again at 4 to 6 years of age
The Indiana State Department of Health has established a hotline to help answer questions from the general public. This hotline can be used as a resource for the situation in Central Indiana, as well as the developing situation in Northeastern Indiana.
* The hotline number is 1-877-826-0011 (TTY/TTD 1-888-561-0044).
* State Health Department staff will be on-hand during the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday to answer questions.
Officials stressed that immunization status cannot be verified through this hotline. Individuals unsure of vaccination status are encouraged to contact your health care provider, as they have access to the Indiana Immunization Registry.