Confirmed case of measles in Barren River District

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FRANKFORT, Ky. A case of measles has been confirmed in a young child living in the Barren River District Health Department region.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health says the child, who is unvaccinated, recently traveled out of the country to an area where measles is endemic.

The case is not linked to an ongoing measles outbreak in the state of Washington or other cases of measles in the U.S.

Public exposure is believed to be very limited and public health officials are in the process of notifying individuals who came into contact with the child during the infectious period.

Anyone experiencing signs and symptoms of measles is encouraged to contact their health care provider.

Measles vaccination is routinely given to children at 12-15 months of age and again at 4-6 years of age. Anyone with questions about measles immunity or the measles vaccine should contact their primary care provider.

Dr. Ardis Hoven says, "For those who are traveling internationally, particularly smaller children, if you're taking a baby that's, say, six months or something, internationally, that children ought to get a dose of MMR before they're leaving the United States. But what they need to do is contact their pediatrician or their primary care physician to get this accomplished."